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Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Likens Acting In Comic-Book Movies To "Clown Work"

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played Black Mantis in Aquaman, likes to balance out comic book blockbusters with more serious roles.



Yahya Abdul-Mateen II says acting in films like Aquaman is "clown work".

Speaking to Vulture, Abdul-Mateen says he likes to mix things up when choosing projects and balance out comic book blockbusters with more serious roles.

He said: "Everything should be about getting to the truth. But sometimes you get 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."

Abdul-Mateen, who won an Emmy for his role in Watchmen, continued: "In order to survive [as an actor] and to do it well, you have to play the 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.'"

Abdul-Mateen, who played the supervillain Black Manta in Aquaman, revealed that he will have a more prominent role in the sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. 

The Candyman actor said: "I think in the nex Aquaman, I really wanted to put more personality into the character for us to sort of get to know him in some private moments.

"I wanted to see [Black Manta] struggle with some things, then to see a bit more of his personality and character. Also, to see what it looks like for him to be in charge of something. So we get to see a little bit more of his leadership style, a little bit more of his personality in this one. And he's back for more, no doubt, in a big way."

Watch 8 DAYS' interview with Abdul-Mateen and the other cast members of Michael Bay's action-thriller Ambulance

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom opens in cinemas on Dec 23, 2023. — BANG SHOWBIZ

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