Yahya Abdul-Mateen II may have won over a large number of new admirers with his performance as Black Manta in Aquaman, but the actor doesn’t think much of his involvement. Yahya recently remarked in an interview that appearing in superhero movies like Aquaman was like doing “clown work” and was nothing like being in other highly regarded movies like The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also had a superhero role in the HBO series Watchmen
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has contributed to both commercial and critical achievements, including The Matrix Resurrections and The Trial of the Chicago 7. In addition to playing Aquaman, he also had a superhero role in the HBO series Watchmen. In the follow-up Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, he will play Aquaman once more.
The actor discussed the differences between working on both types of narrative in an interview with Variety. He stated: “Everything should be about getting to the truth. But sometimes you got to know which movie or genre you’re in. Something like Aquaman, that’s clown work. Aquaman is not The Trial of the Chicago 7. You have got to get over yourself”.
The actor continued by saying that in order to succeed in the business as an actor, one must play a variety of characters. He further added, “In order to survive and to do it well, you have to play that game and then be crafty about when you want to surprise the audience, the director, or yourself with a little bit of ‘Wow, I didn’t expect to see a Chekhovian thing or August Wilson and Aquaman, but I did’.”
Yahya played a pirate and mercenary
Yahya played a pirate and mercenary who came into contact with Jason Momoa’s titular superhero in the 2018 film Aquaman. The movie serves as Black Manta’s origin narrative, a well-known DC villain. The Lost Kingdom will be available in 2019. The James Wan-directed movie also features Temuera Morrison, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe.
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