Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: Acting in films like “Aquaman” is “a clown”

Yahya Abdul-Mateen’s second career to date has included an Emmy-winning role in HBO’s Watchmen, awards for the role of Bobby Seale in The Trial of the Chicago 7, and films such as Candyman, Aquaman, and The Matrix Resurrection. This eclectic balance between film and TV projects is the result of Abdul-Mateen’s management, making it a priority to balance comic book columns like “Aquaman” with more serious drama fare,” the actor said recently. Eagle That acting in a movie like “Aquaman” is “a clown’s job”, so it’s important for him to flex his acting muscles in other projects.

“Everything has to revolve around getting to the truth. But sometimes you have to know what movie or genre you are in,” Abdul-Mateen said. “Aquaman” is not “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” You have to get over yourself.”

The actor added, “For survival [as an actor] And to do it well, you have to play that game and then be witty when you want to surprise the audience or the director or yourself with a little “Wow, I wasn’t expecting to see something like Chekhov or Augustus” Wilson and Aquaman, but I did. “

Abdul-Mateen starred opposite Jason Momoa in the DC movie “Aquaman” as David Kane/Manta, a character he will reprise in the upcoming sequel, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” The first film grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the first Warner Bros./DC film to do so after Christopher Nolan’s last two Batman films. The sequel won’t be released until December 2023.

While Abdul-Mateen described the acting in “Aquaman” as “clown work,” the other actors have been left more shaken by their brilliance in comic book columns. Jake Gyllenhaal, who played the villain Mysterio in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” had panic attacks on set because acting in this type of movie proved to be more difficult than expected.

“It’s tough, man. This acting is tough. All of that,” Gyllenhaal told Howard Stern in October 2021. “This world is massive. And I joined this world road in this race; a train was already moving. Normally, I’d come in early and get it. … I was terrified. It was a scene with [Samuel L.] Jackson, Tom [Holland]…there were a number of actors in that scene. I remember that I could not remember the lines. You plank. And they were like “whoa”.

To balance his work on “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” Abdul-Mateen is next preparing to enter Broadway with his role in “Topdog/Underdog,” Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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