Actor Jason Momoa seems build to be a superhero, but the man who will debut as DC' Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has ties to the aquatic hero more than just for looks.
"I spent 15 years trying to dig myself out of the Baywatch hole, and now I’m Aquaman. Life is very good.”
What Momoa is reffering to, in an interview with The Daily Beast, is the fact that his first major acting role was as a lifeguard in the short-lived Baywatch Hawaii television series. But Momoa, who also went to school for marine biology for a time, is invigorated to play Aquaman both for what the character is as well as the company he keeps.
"It’s awesome knowing that I’m going to be in Justice League because my son is the biggest Batman fan and my daughter loves Wonder Woman," Momoa says. "It’ll be cool for them to see me in something because they’re not going to be watching Game of Thrones or Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX.”
For some, seeing a multi-ethnic actor playing a character who in comics has almost always been portrayed as a stereotypical blue-eyed, blonde-haired man is a shock. But for Momoa, who identifies as Hawaiian, says it's great to represent his culture.
“I’ve had to bust ass to be in this industry. A lot of things are very black and white,” Momoa tells The Daily Beast. “Aquaman is especially cool because being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.”