Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Calls Black Manta ‘Aquaman’ Role “Clown Work”

Some parts hold more importance to the actor than others.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II calls his Black Manta role clown work when compared to other parts.

Back in 2018, Abdul-Mateen II made his debut as Black Manta in Aquaman. Following this appearance, the actor’s career exploded, and went on to star in other projects like Watchmen, Trial of the Chicago 7, and Candyman. The actor is currently set to reprise the role for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom but apparently does not hold the part in high regard.

Some Roles Hold More Value For Some Than Others

While speaking to Vulture, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II opened up on his role as Black Manta in the Aquaman films. In the interview, he likened the role to the work of a clown saying how it wasn’t like his work in Trial of the Chicago 7:

“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.”

Here is the upcoming Aquaman sequel’s synopsis:

When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.

Directed by James Wan, the upcoming sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Vincent Regan as Atlan, Jani Zaho as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk in an unknown role.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit theaters on December 25, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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