Patrick Wilson sat down with us to talk about Orm interacting with other DC Villains, possibly taking a Marvel role and the secrets of Aquaman.
The best villains are the ones you leave the theater talking about and DC Films does this best. From Heath Ledger’s Joker to Michael Shannon’s General Zod, the majority of DC’s big screen villains have stolen the show. The same can be said for this year’s Aquaman villain. Patrick Wilson stars as Aquaman’s villainous half-brother King Orm of Atlantis, and he absolutely crushes it.
The press junket for Aquaman is well underway and we got a chance to sit down with some talent from the film, including director James Wan. But we were also graced with an interview with villainous royalty as I got to chat with Patrick Wilson about the secrets behind Aquaman.
Q: You’ve been in multiple DC comic book films. You did the voice of the President in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, played Nite Owl II in Watchmen and now you’re King Orm in Aquaman. Would you star in another comic book film for Marvel or Valiant?
Patrick Wilson: Sure. Yeah.
Q: Do you have any characters in mind?
Patrick Wilson: No, I don’t know. I mean, I’m sure there comes a point where I think people maybe don’t want to see you. There are a lot of actors out there and I know what I bring to the table. But, I’m always open to it because I love complex characters. With Orm, I also love that he gets me out of my comfort zone. He’s so broad at times. I think the theatricality of him is fun to play. So, there’s a lot there. I went to theater school and you do a lot of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare there. You study the classics, and I’ve always viewed comics that way too because you have such a short amount of time even in a long story. Dialogue is so specific in a comic and in a panel. It makes you really honor the words and the language. Certainly with someone like Orm, he’s very verbose… and he just talks and talks. You have to attack it with reverence and non judgement. But, yeah I’d love to take a look at another comic guy.
Q: You’ve worked with James Wan before on Insidious and The Conjuring movies. What was the difference in scale with working with him on a superhero movie and how did you approach this project differently?
Patrick Wilson: That’s a twofold answer. I think the first thing is he’s no different. I think his skill set, his knowledge of visual effects and his knowledge of the scale of movies is much different… just like mine was when we did the first Insidious film. But, he’s the same guy. I never viewed him as a horror director and he never viewed me as a horror actor. As much as he defined the horror genre I don’t think he would ever consider himself that. He’s a director. He loves all genres of movies and I love all genres of movies. You constantly find that balance and when you get successful in one genre you get asked more in that. So then you gotta find something new in that genre. It’s a constant battle. But, I’ve always known he was going to big movies and there’s really no difference. We just have more time to make them now and more money and toys to play with.
Q: You worked with Zack Snyder and then you worked with James Wan. What was the difference in their approach to directing a superhero movie?
Patrick Wilson: I think both were setting out to do something completely different. I look back on Watchmen and every time I see one of my cast mates from Watchmen we hug each other and there’s this great camaraderie cause we are so proud of that movie and I can’t thank Zack enough for that. It’s an actor’s dream to step into that world. They have a lot of similarity in that, visually, they want to create such a different tone. The opening credits alone of Watchmen will go down in history as one of the best opening credits in film, and then James is someone who when you see Atlantis and you see his vision for creating this other world and all these creatures and people… all that is unbelievable to me and yet it comes down to story and character, and that’s something James feels very passionate about. Every director is different. I will gladly say both directors have such a great temperament and focus and I deeply love that, and appreciate that the more movies I make. You just want to work with good people and those are two great guys.
Q: Would you like to see Orm interact with other DC Comics characters in the future?
Patrick Wilson: I would. I love the comics when he’s just sort of — forgive the pun — a fish out of water. It’s fun, it’s really funny stuff. Cause I think there’s a lot of humor there. He does not serve that purpose in this movie right now, but I think there is a lot there with Orm. You have that with Mera and with Arthur in their respective worlds so you see that through Amber [Heard]’s eyes of being in another world and feeling how strange that is. We didn’t do that in this movie with Orm. But I’d be very curious to see him with other people cause he’s really his own beast. On one hand it’d be interesting to see him in those movies with other villains and in someways I don’t think he’d get along with anybody like that. I don’t see it. His intentions to me aren’t bad. Maybe that’s because I play him. But, sure from a fan perspective, I do like seeing him on the surface world… it would be very funny.
Q: Which Aquaman comics did you draw inspiration from and what was your favorite to pull from?
Patrick Wilson: Well, you always start with the script and you go back through. You look at Throne of Atlantis, really, the New 52 — I read every story that Orm was in in the New 52. Not just Geoff Johns, though Geoff has some great stuff, but there’s one comic where they switch costumes. Forgive me for not knowing the artist and the writer. He steals Aquaman’s costume and then Aquaman is in his and you see a really interesting visual. Because Orm is always very dark in the comics. It wasn’t my inspiration, but it sort of backed up my idea. I never take total credit. We threw it back and forth… me and James wanting Orm to be blonde. There’s this great image of the actual comic book Aquaman being in Orm’s outfit, so it looked pretty good.
Q: Do you think Orm will turn the other cheek after this film since his motivations don’t apply anymore?
Patrick Wilson: No. I think someone like Orm needs to be defeated. I think he’s a very classic warrior in that sense which is why he expects to die by the sword or by the trident in this case. He expects that from Arthur. I think that’s the very Shakespearean tragedy behind it. It surprises him when he doesn’t. He’s not used to mercy. He doesn’t understand that… he’s more Cobra Kai.
Q: Are there any actors you wish you had more scenes with?
Patrick Wilson: That’s interesting. I wish I had more stuff with Jason [Momoa] to be quite fair. We talk about each other a lot and we fight. But, actually physically talking to each other, I would love more of that. I mean, mind you, I had the best time working with Willem [Dafoe] and Dolph [Lundgren]. We had a great time. Even the few scenes I had with Yahya [Abdul-Mateen II] where it looked like I wasn’t there because it’s sort of the visual effect, but I was there all the time. I love working with him.
Q: So you were actually there?
Patrick Wilson: I would shoot it there so we could communicate and you could get the reactions from us. Then they would VFX me out of it.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.
Captain Marvel Art Offers Look At Red Suit With Helmet
Previews World has unveiled official Captain Marvel promotional artwork that offers a first look at Brie Larson's Carol Danvers in her iconic costume with a helmet.
Captain Marvel will make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in roughly four months and it appears the titular heroine will don more than one version of her costume in her highly-anticipated standalone film. Now, recently unveiled framed art prints offer fans their first look at Carol Danvers in her red costume and helmet.
You can check out first photo below and click "Next" to see the rest of the gallery!
The framed art prints will be available on February 27, 2019. Here's the official synopsis for the upcoming Marvel Studios movie:
Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Brie Larson's Carol Danvers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe1
Source: Previews World