Hawaii-born actor Jason Momoa shed tears today for what he called “one the greatest moments of my life” before a private screening of his new movie “Aquaman” at Consolidated Theatres at Ward Village.
“I’m so honored to play this role because it represents all of us — all of Polynesia,” he said. “A wise man once told me, we as Polynesians, we’re not separated by land, but we’re all connected by water … the Maoris, Tahitians, kanaka maoli. It’s all one tribe, all one nation.
“I love you guys so much,” Momoa said before launching into a haka, a Maori war dance, along with his two children and a full Polynesian contingent.
Momoa, 39, requested that Warner Bros. arrange the private screening for his family and friends and as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the theater to catch a glimpse of the star, who lives in Topanga, Calif., with his wife, actress Lisa Bonet, and their two children.
The $200 million “Aquaman” is already an international hit. It is expected to win the weekend box office with a predicted $70 million in U.S. ticket sales on top of the $332 million “Aquaman” has scored in overseas markets.
Kapolei resident Tatiana Lee, 21, paid $1,000 for two tickets to the screening in an auction held to benefit the Boys & Girls Club, so that her mom, Vernette Lee, 51, could see her idol.
“For one thing, he’s hot,” Vernette Lee said. “He’s a good actor. He can play a villain, and in this one he’s a hero. He was born here. He does have Hawaii ties. … I’m excited, stoked, pumped.”
Watch Momoa’s appearance here: