Ludi Lin recently did an interview on Canadian radio about his character in the upcoming DCEU film, Aquaman. After playing Zack, the Black Ranger in Power Rangers (2017), Lin joined the cast of Aquaman in the role of Murk.
Murk was introduced in the DC Universe in 2013, created by Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier, and he’s the leader of the Men-of-War, the Atlantis’s frontline army. He has served both Orm, Arthur’s brother, and Aquaman.
Talking with The Ara Show, a Canadian radio program hosted in Vancouver, Lin talked about the differences between the live action version of the character and its comic counterpart.
“Murk has gone through some changes… like the Black Ranger really. I like it when people pigeon-hole me… because then it gives me a chance to try to break out of it. You put a wall in front of me, I want to try to break down that wall. So, this is Murk [and] I think he’s going to be pretty different from the original conception. But he’s going to be pretty remarkable as well. It’s been a pleasure working with some amazing people.”
He then said that the comparison of Aquaman being a “Star Wars underwater” is pretty accurate, as the world the films presents holds different physics, weapons and characters from the rest of the DCEU.
“The thing is, there is so much about Aquaman that I have seen so far in filming… there’s so much to this film. The difference between Aquaman and the other superheroes in the DC Universe, is that it exists almost in a different world. James Wan, our director, is amazing. He’s described his vision as “Star Wars underwater” because it is! All the physics are different, their weapons are different, the characters are very unique. It’s just super cool.”
When asked about how does he feel about people knowing his name and his characters, Lin answered:
“It’s very cool. I was thinking about this, what I like about this day and age is that we’re closing the distance between actor and audience and fans, you know? I welcome any fan to come up to me any day and say hi or say anything, just chat, because back in the day, is like you put movie stars in a pedestal where you can’t really reach them but now, with social media and everything else and there’s so many actors doing the thing they love is so easy, like I love that, is just me performing and doing what I love to do and trying to make some art.”
Then, he talked about what he likes about being an actor.
“To me, art is something personal I want to communicate to the audience and for me, I want to breach that cultural gap between people, especially for people that aren’t seen so much on screen that you don’t know them, for example more diversity in casting, more diversity in roles for Asians as well and to do that, just break the mole and have something that’s charismatic and something fun that people like”.
To finish the interview, the host of the show asked Lin about his craziest story on set, and surprisingly (and probably to avoid revealing spoilers about Aquaman) he chose a story about Power Rangers, with a scene we’ve never (and probably never will).
“I’ll tell you about this scene that never made it into the Power Rangers movie because it was too violent… too bloody. It was a scene between me and Dacre [Montgomery], who plays the Red Ranger, and we had this massive fight because there is kind of a competition going on between us. That was a funny day. Power Rangers has been going on in Japan for more that 40 years. This is their baby. And they sent the original creator of the Power Rangers to our set for a visit with his whole entourage. They were watching us fight and in Japan in Power Rangers there is not really any blood, just lots of sparks. But that day we were going full out and kept on asking for more and more fake blood. A couple of times we accidentally clocked each other for real. So, we were bleeding for real and there was fake blood everywhere. The Japanese guys were shocked.”
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Power Rangers Blu-ray and DVD is already on sale and Aquaman is set to swim to theatres on December 21, 2018.
Source: The Ara Show