Alexa sat down with actor Patrick Wilson to discuss how he prepared for his role as Orm the Ocean Master in the upcoming DC Comics movie 'Aquaman' opposite Jason Momoa.
Turns out, Ocean Master — aka Orm — is the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and the archnemesis of Aquaman. And Wilson must have expertly bluffed Wan with his knowledge of undersea villains, because later this month, he dons Ocean Master’s (curiously unrusted) armor for “Aquaman.”
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Playing opposite Jason Momoa, who reprises his role as the titular hero, presented a particular challenge for Wilson.
Wilson, a CrossFit devotee, hit the gym with a trainer five days a week for four months. He jumped from 190 pounds to 210, and continues to look quite jacked months later, wearing a simple white T-shirt.
Éditions M.R “Laurent” jacket, $568 at Matches Fashion;
Rag & Bone sweater, $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.
Burton x Carhartt WIP jacket, $230 at Burton;
Top, $78 at Outerknown;
Engineered Garments pants, $265 at Mr Porter.
Prada jacket, $3,850 at Bergdorf Goodman;
Playing a scene-chewing undersea villain who rides a giant prehistoric crocodile and gives verbose speeches about the destruction of the oceans may seem like a left-field choice for Wilson, who made his name onstage and in acclaimed dramas including 2006’s “Little Children” and one of the buzziest episodes of “Girls.” But the actor says he came to appreciate the over-the-top nature of the superhero genre after playing Nite Owl/Dan Dreiberg in 2009’s dystopian comic-book epic “Watchmen.”
Case in point? The recent horror hits Wilson has starred in, including “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” franchises, also made with Wan.
Wilson was raised in a showbiz-friendly household alongside two brothers. His father was a local TV-news anchor, his mother a choir director who gave voice lessons. Wilson’s first commercial, when he was 7, was for Vess, an off-brand cola out of St. Louis. He played opposite Cardinals football great Dan Dierdorf.
At age 16, he ditched sports to concentrate on acting. He later attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, throwing himself completely into acting and earning a drama degree. Like a lot of his classmates, Wilson headed to the Big Apple, in 1995.
But within a week, Wilson had landed his first theater role. More followed, and by 2000 he was singing and dancing on Broadway in “The Full Monty” — a role that earned him a Tony nomination. During his run, he was cast in HBO’s adaptation of “Angels in America.”
Within months, he’d landed roles in big-budget flicks “The Alamo” and the film version of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
His guiding career principle has always been diversity — a box DC Comics’ “Aquaman” definitely checks. Wilson plays the hero’s half-brother, who is trying to keep Momoa from claiming the throne. Unlike Momoa, who spends lots of time on land, Wilson’s scenes take place in the underwater kingdom, requiring him to be a guinea pig for special effects.
The actor says it was the most physically demanding role of his career. But a project so reliant on effects naturally has the potential to go very wrong. Couple that with the fact that Aquaman has always been a bit of a punchline in the superhero world, and the film was hardly a sure thing.
The film certainly hews much closer to the winking, popcorn tone perfected by rival Marvel’s films, and seemingly tries to move away from the operatic bleakness of director Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman,” which first introduced this version of Aquaman in 2016.
He and his wife, actor Dagmara Dominczyk (whose sister, also an actor, is married to Scott Foley from “Scandal”), have two boys, ages 9 and 12. Wilson has already provided his youngest son with something few fathers can: The boy sleeps with an Orm action figure beside his bed.
The family had been living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but in search of more space and a yard, packed up for Montclair, NJ. The next stop for their kids, however, just might be Hollywood.
Wilson will be seen next year in “Midway,” a big-budget retelling of the epic World War II battle. He’s playing Rear Admiral Edwin Layton and currently shooting in Hawaii and Montreal.
For now, it’s unclear whether there will be an “Aquaman” sequel or if Orm will return.
If Orm doesn’t return, Wilson is content with his spandex oeuvre.
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