Aqua­man sought Bat­man role

Ja­son Mo­moa im­pressed di­rec­tor with his ear­lier au­di­tion for Caped Cru­sader job

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Ac­tor Ja­son Mo­moa was cast as su­per­hero Aqua­man af­ter im­press­ing film­maker Zack Snyder with a gritty au­di­tion to play Bat­man.

The for­mer Game of Thrones star re­vealed he had orig­i­nally tried out for the role of the Caped Cru­sader when Snyder was de­vel­op­ing 2016’s Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, and although Mo­moa wasn’t too en­thu­si­as­tic about the au­di­tion, he did his best with the scene given, taken from Chris­tian Bale’s sec­ond Bat­man out­ing in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

“It was a big cast­ing call so I knew a lot of peo­ple were go­ing to be do­ing it, and I just felt like it was a booby trap and I just didn’t want to do it,” he ad­mit­ted on the in­ter­view se­ries Jake’s Takes.

“We did it and I just pre­tended like Bat­man got killed in an al­ley­way, and I picked it up and tried to play him like I was just down and out, poor, over it, just done wrong and he wasn’t afraid to punch even good peo­ple in the face. And just go like, un­for­giv­able about cer­tain things but also flawed, like the kind of per­son who would jump off a cliff and fig­ure out on the way down what we’re go­ing to do.”

The part of Bat­man/Bruce Wayne even­tu­ally went to Ben Af­fleck, but Mo­moa’s unique try out ac­tu­ally helped him land another big gig.

“I got called in about, prob­a­bly two to three weeks later and that’s when (Snyder) laid it down and said, ‘I want you to play Aqua­man,’ which was com­pletely like, ‘Ex­cuse me?’ ” he re­called.

Mo­moa made his de­but as the King of At­lantis in a small cameo in Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, and reprised the role for 2017’s Jus­tice League and the new stand­alone, Aqua­man out al­ter this month.

The movie turned out to be one of the most phys­i­cal shoots Mo­moa had ever faced, and although he prefers to per­form as much stunt work as pos­si­ble him­self, the 39 year old re­luc­tantly ac­cepted that his body wouldn’t be able to han­dle the pres­sure of the job if he did it all alone.

“I needed help,” he ad­mit­ted on break­fast show Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. “I’m al­most 40 and it’s start­ing to hurt!

“There’s just so much stuff, I’ve never done this many stunts in my life.”

Ja­son ac­tu­ally hit it off so well with the stunt­men re­cruited as his stand-ins on the set of Aqua­man in Aus­tralia, he’s keen to keep them around for fu­ture projects: “I ac­tu­ally found two beau­ti­ful stunt­men down in Aus­tralia who now travel around and help me, and it’s just hard to find some­one that cares to move like you and the char­ac­ter that you’re por­tray­ing,” he shared.

Touch­ing on his pen­chant for play­ing char­ac­ters of few words, he added, “I don’t nor­mally say a lot of things, so I have to speak with my ac­tions!”

Aqua­man, di­rected by James Wan and co-star­ring Am­ber Heard and Nicole Kid­man, opens in the­atres hits North Amer­i­can the­atres Dec. 21.

EVAN AGOS­TINI/IN­VI­SION

Ac­tor Ja­son Mo­moa par­tic­i­pates in the BUILD Speaker Se­ries to dis­cuss the film Aqua­man at AOL Stu­dios on Mon­day, in New York.

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