I’m al­ways in floods of tears

Aqua­man star re­veals his softer side

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Aqua­man star Ja­son Mo­moa may be the tough­est ac­tor in Hol­ly­wood but he has re­vealed he was in floods of tears film­ing his lat­est block­buster.

Mo­moa – all 6ft 4in and 17st of him – said: “I’m the big­gest drama queen onn the set. I was con­stantly cry­ing.

“I was raised by a sin­gle mother and I’m very con-con­nected to my emo­tions.” mo­tions.”

Mo­moa was a young boy when he and his mumm left his na­tive Hawaii for a neww life in Iowa.

And as DC Uni­verse movie Aqua­man heads to UK cin­e­mas on Wed­nes­day, the dad of two says he has no prob­lem re­veal­ing ling his vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.

He said: “I’m not ot go­ing to nor­mally ly get hired to play ay those emo­tional al things – and I’m m ca­pa­ble of it. I’m m just trapped in a big, dumb body.”

While his emo­tions got the bet­ter of him from time to time, the phys­i­cal pain of film­ing Aqua­man also re­duced him to tears. He had to hang from ca­bles while shoot­ing com­puter-gen­er­ated ac­tion scenes. Though Aqua­man’s ad­ven­tures are un­der wa­ter, the film was mostly shot with its stars “swim­ming” through air. Ja­son re­calls rant­ing at the film crew: “I weigh 240lb, I can’t feel my nuts. “You have got too let me down. Take this damn thing off me.” The mus­cle­man also had to en­dure months of strict di­et­ing to per­fect the bulging bi­ceps, abs and thighs of tat­tooed Aqua­man.

And his co-star Am­ber Heard did not make it easy, tor­ment­ing him with of­fers of tasty treats.

Heard, 32, who plays Mera, the Queen of At­lantis, would taunt him with of­fers of wine and cheese.

Mo­moa got his own back by tear­ing out the last 10 pages of a book she was read­ing. And they had plenty of ban­ter when he moaned about Aqua­man’s ill-fit­ting boots on set.

The ac­tor said: “She’s the big­gest trouper. She is very in­tel­li­gent and reads and things like that. I look at pic­tures and see pretty things.”

The pair were pre­vi­ously on screen to­gether in Jus­tice League.

Be­fore Aqua­man, Mo­moa starred in Game of Thrones as war­lord Khal Drogo – mar­ried to Daen­erys, played by Emilia Clarke.

He was signed to star as Aqua­man seven years ago and first played the role in the 2016 movie Bat­man v Su­per­man.

He reprised the role in last year’s Jus­tice League.

And with an Aqua­man sequel likely, we can ex­pect more tears on set.

But a megabucks pay­day will at least have him laughing all the way to the bank.

FUN Mo­moa and Heard

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