Patrick Wilson is just so happy to be here, you guys.
He probably thought, after the abomination that was Watchmen failed to launch his career as an A-lister, that he had maybe five years of acting left before it was time to give up and hit the convention circuit for the rest of his life.
He’s given things a fair shot since then, playing roles in a slew of horror movies, but The Conjuring is hardly a billion dollar franchise. If you want to be well known in Hollywood, you need to have a superhero costume for people to associate you with.
Well, one that isn’t stolen by Ben Affleck the moment your back is turned.
Now, though, Wilson’s been given a second chance—he’ll be playing Orm Marius (aka Ocean Master) in Aquaman.
For most of history, playing a disposable villain in an Aquaman movie would be the low point of an actor’s career, but things are different here for two reasons: firstly, Jason Momoa has made Aquaman look kid of cool, and secondly, Zack Snyder and David Ayer have set the bar for DC movies so low that a movie about fish people doesn’t sound half bad.
So Wilson’s whipping himself into shape for the role, and he couldn’t be more pleased to spill his guts about what’s going on, commenting on everything from Momoa himself (whom Patrick has yet to meet) to the quality of the movie’s special effects.
“What's gonna be interesting is there hasn't been the technology to back up the storytelling, I guess, for Aquaman, until now.”
If this quote has caused a cold shiver to run down your back, it’s for a good reason. It sounds eerily similar to what George Lucas had to say before he started on the Star Wars Special Edition. It’s a line that’s often used by filmmakers when they overestimate what computer effects are actually capable of, and it invariably ends with a movie that looks like snake vomit.
It’s worth remembering, though, that (thankfully) Patrick Wilson is talking about something that he has no involvement in whatsoever. He’s talking big about the movie, but he won’t be in the trenches, rendering fish or trying to figure out how to paint over a green screen.
If anyone from the movie’s actual special effects team starts saying that they’re using new and unproven underwater effects, that’s when you should panic.
For now, let’s just take this as a good sign that Patrick Wilson is eager to give the best performance he can.
At the very least, he’s thinking about his convention circuit retirement plan, and counting the money that’ll come from double the autographs, once he’s been established as two forgettable movie characters in dumb costumes.