The Untold Truth About Jason Momoa’s Aquaman
2018’s “Aquaman” is sometimes described as an over-the-top movie, and the biggest example of that over-the-top is generally seen as the scene where an octopus can be seen playing the drums while the people of Atlantis prepare to watch Arthur. and his half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), fight to claim the throne of the undersea nation.
The drumming octopus might seem like an odd addition to the film, but there are actually a few solid reasons for its presence. First, the octopus in the film is inspired by Topo, Aquaman’s longtime ally in the comics, who played various musical instruments. “If you Google ‘Topo Aquaman,’ you see all these really goofy octopus characters playing musical instruments,” Wan told The Huffington Post (via Comicbook.com). “So I’m like, ‘OK, how can I take this and put it into my film and make it cool?'”
Additionally, Wan saw a drum-playing octopus placed in the middle of the action as essentially fulfilling the same role as the guy from “Mad Max: Fury Road” who plays a fire-spewing guitar amid the chase sequences of the film. “In [Fury Road] there is literally a guitarist who has flames shooting out of his instrument,” Wan told Metro. “It does nothing for the narrative. But it creates a truly unique world. It was my goal for [the drum-playing octopus] as well.”