The same question got me in trouble with Benedict Cumberbatch. At the time, the star was promoting Doctor Strange and I asked him a question about reality warping, a concept used in the film to open character’s minds to different perspectives. If this technology was available today, I queried where Cumberbatch thinks it would best be placed in the world. His response was, well, rude. You can read it here.
Thankfully Jason Momoa was much more of a good sport. On the Aquaman press tour in Australia, the 39-year-old and I talked about the power of Arthur Curry’s trident. In the film, it’s the one tool that can stop the war between the land and the sea and bridge two worlds or two people. If Momoa had a trident in real life, where would he use it? (Both questions to Cumberbatch and Momoa aren’t probing political responses. I just felt it a deeper question than ‘What was it like filming the underwater scenes?’ It was very interesting, then, to see Momoa not shy away from giving a political answer.)
“I mean, I think I’d need more than just one trident – it would be awesome to have that power,” says Momoa. “[Where would I use it?] Just on my own turf in America just with, you know, what’s going on in our current situation is – I would definitely like to do a lot of things with that trident. But I can’t.”
Our question – and Momoa’s response comes as President Donald Trump tweeted his distaste for left-leaning NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Momoa appeared on the show very recently. “A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live.,” Trump tweeted. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?
Aquaman is in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.