Jason Momoa revealed how he ended up playing Aquaman in “Justice League” in a new interview with BBC Radio 1.
Momoa, 38, who stars alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in the action-packed film, admitted he “almost threw away the audition.”
Speaking of how the part came about, the actor shared: “Zack Snyder, it’s all his brainchild. When I was brought into the room I originally auditioned for Batman. I almost threw away the audition, I was like, ‘This is silly.'”
“Then my agent said ‘Zack really wants to have you on tape.’ So I went on tape and played a polar opposite of what it should have been because I thought it was a booby trap, and then they liked the audition and I went in.”
“At that time Ben [Affleck] had already been cast and I thought, I’m really lucky. I thought, I’m probably going to be the bad guy, to beat up those two.”
“I thought I was going to be Lobo. Aquaman got made fun of a lot. Zack’s a big fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ so he wanted someone to come in and not make fun of Aquaman anymore.”
Momoa, who is also known for playing Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones”, also spoke about kicking off his career playing Jason Ioane on “Baywatch”.
“I got my start on ‘Baywatch’, which was very crazy. I was a college student in Colorado. I was on vacation getting to know my father better, then the TV show came [about]. I was 19 running around with no clothes on and saving people.
“But it gave me my passion for acting, which I fell in love with. It led to getting no respect for about four years and getting an agent to save my life.”
Momoa’s “Justice League” comments came as he was forced to defend the recently released movie after it was panned by critics.
The superhero flick was described as “an embarrassment beyond saving” and “a collection of missed opportunities and flubbed ideas.”
“Justice League” is in theatres now.