Actor Jason Momoa certainly isn’t afraid to make waves. The former Game of Thrones actor has been making a huge splash lately with news of his new superhero film, Aquaman.
In recent coverage from Variety, Momoa commanded attention with a fierce haka performance while at the Aquaman premiere in Los Angeles. Alongside his two children and members of the cast, Jason Momoa erupted into the intense dance ceremony, much to the excitement of nearby fans.
For those who weren’t in attendance, thankfully, there’s plenty of video coverage of the event—including Momoa wielding a trident, just like his superhero alter-ego. Momoa, who has Native Hawaiian, German, Irish and Native American ancestry, loves to share his Polynesian pride with fans. In a similar vein, fellow Hawaiian and mixed martial artist, Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, stepped out with a traditional Native Hawaiian chant for her recent Bellator fight over the weekend. Ending things on a strong note, Momoa capped off the performance by breaking the trident in two.
The haka is a traditional dance and chant from the Māori people of New Zealand, and Western viewers might recall seeing the ritual performed before rugby matches, or certain cultural ceremonies like at weddings or funerals. “The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity.” Writers from NewZealand.com note, “Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history. Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. This includes family events, like birthdays and weddings.”
This wasn't the first time Momoa has performed the traditional chant and dance. The actor also performed a haka when he auditioned for the role of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones. While filming Aquaman, Momoa also performed a haka with a group of fighters to show support for mixed martial artist Mark Hunt in New Zealand. Other New Zealand fans were excited to see the inclusion of Momoa’s performance on the red carpet. Twitter user (@KiwiDiva) wrote, "Everyone talking about Jason Momoa's blue carpet haka: 1. Its called "Tangaroa Ararau" and was written for the occasion. 2. Temuera Morrison is IN the haka & in the film. He has competed in kapa haka at a national level & has been best male leader..."
During the Los Angeles premiere, Jason Momoa ignited the red carpet with a scintillating performance alongside his two children and members of the cast. His eleven-year-old daughter, Lola, and his nine-year-old son, Nakoa-Wolf, were by his side the whole time, while Momoa's wife, Lisa Bonet, supported them in the audience. Beloved New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison was also front and center during the performance. Morrison is slated to play Momoa's father, Tom Curry, in the upcoming film.
With Momoa starring in the titular role as Arthur Curry, Aquaman also features actress Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, and more. So far, the film has been crushing records in China, where it has currently earned a whopping $189.2 million, and that's before it hits theaters in the United States. At the recent premiere in LA, Momoa looked as happy as ever. Whether he was getting cozy with his wife, Lisa Bonet, or showering his two kids with affection, the family man was all smiles throughout the night. Be sure to catch Aquaman in theaters now!