Yahya Ab­dul-Ma­teen II

Is mak­ing a splash…

Total Film - - Teasers - ETA | 14 DE­cEm­bEr / AquA­mAn opEns nExT monTh. us AnD WATch­mEn Ar­rivE nExT yEAr.

I’m prob­a­bly the em­bod­i­ment of good luck, hard work and naïvety,” grins Yahya Ab­dul-Ma­teen II. “Ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics, you don’t bet on some­one with the goals that I have had.” Turn­ing to act­ing after be­ing laid off from his city plan­ner job, he quickly scored roles in Net­flix’s The Get Down, Bay­watch, The Great­est Show­man and now Aqua­man. Next up: Jor­dan Peele’s Us and HBO’s Watch­men. How would you sum up your char­ac­ter in Aqua­man – David Kane aka Black Manta? He is emo­tion­ally driven, fiercely in­de­pen­dent and an­noy­ingly tena­cious. He’s a mer­ce­nary who works in­de­pen­dently, and we meet him at a place of ex­treme tri­umph that’s im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by ex­treme loss. We get to see him change and turn into the per­son we know as Black Manta, but it’s driven by real emo­tional sub­stance. You’re in HBO’s Watch­men. Did you dis­cuss it with your Aqua­man co-star Pa­trick Wil­son? I have not talked to Pa­trick about it, but hope­fully I’ll run into him, and maybe I will sit down and talk to him about that. There’s not a lot of in­for­ma­tion that I do know about it… I do think that’s go­ing to be a pretty ex­cit­ing one. What did you learn from work­ing with Dwayne John­son and Hugh Jack­man? For Dwayne: al­ways be on time, and work re­ally, re­ally fuck­ing hard, and be nice to ev­ery­one. With Hugh, peo­ple told me he was the nicest per­son in Hol­ly­wood be­fore I met him. And it just turned out to be true. Work ethic, also. He works ex­tremely hard. So I’ve had re­ally good ex­am­ples for how to be a lead­ing man in this in­dus­try. Is there a role you’d love to tackle next? Maybe some­thing like the Mad Hat­ter in Alice In Won­der­land, some­thing off the chain. And then find some­thing grounded like the Marvin Gaye story or some­thing like that. But there’s tonnes of stuff. This ride is just get­ting started. MM

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