The mantra “go big or go home” is tailor-made for Jason Momoa — and he sure ain’t going home.
The star’s superhero-sized personality imbued the Aquaman premiere, which included a surprise haka dance and a whole lot of his beloved Guinness. Hollywood Reporter shares that as the lights dimmed in Hollywood’s Chinese and the excited crowd hushed, a voice boomed from deep in the darkness:
“I love you, everyone!”
The voice, instantly recognizable, came from none other than Aquaman himself, expressing his own excitement for the movie that for decades was believed so unfilmable that the very idea of it had become a punchline. But alas, director James Wan and Warner Bros.’ Aquaman had finally arrived.
Speaking of arrivals, at a typical premiere, the top star rarely hits the red carpet when it’s supposed to begin, but Momoa was there promptly at 6 p.m. (pretty cool) to perform a surprise haka dance along with his onscreen father Temuera Morrison, who is of Maori descent.
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The afterparty, held across the street at Roosevelt Hotel’s palm tree-filled Tropicana Bar, featured self-serve Guinness stations, which only made sense as Momoa frequently shares his love of the beer on social media and the character also downs pints in the movie. The Aquaman character even made appearances in the foam of the lager.
Words to live by.
The outgoing Momoa wandered the after-party greeting fans and well-wishers. An hour in, he stripped down to his black tank top, trailed by a security guard half his size.
Mamoa and wife Lisa Bonet, who tied the knot in October 2017, shared a kiss on the blue carpet and posed for photos hand in hand. The pair also brought their 11-year-old daughter, Lola, son Nakoa-Wolf, nearly 10, and Momoa’s mom, Coni, to the event.
In case you’re wondering whether the movie is appropriate for your kids, Common Sense Media recommends taking kids 11+ years old, due to the film’s “frequent comic-book-style violence” and language that includes “ass,” “sh*t,” and “d*ck.”