Willem Dafoe reveals ‘Aquaman’ character details and what it’s like shooting underwater scenes

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Screen Crush caught up with Willem Dafoe today at an event for his new Netflix movie, Death Note. Dafoe was asked about his upcoming DC Comics role as Vulko and admitted that he only has a cameo in Justice League. “Aquaman is the important thing,” he said.

Dafoe explained that the movie version of Vulko won’t look like he does in the comics, and his overall portrayal will be slightly different.

“There’s been some adjustments. Not even adjustments – it’s like anything, you use the source material and something is born from that,” Dafoe explained. “But I don’t really look like he does in the comic, and his role is slightly different. He is an advisor, but he’s also sort of a mentor to Aquaman.”

Dafoe said that most of his scenes in Aquaman are underwater, and echoed some of director James Wan’s comments about the complexity of shooting them.

“Most of my scenes are underwater,” Dafoe said. “Some are not. So much of it, because we’re talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you’re limited to what you can do with sets. It’s more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel. But we aren’t doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It’s not like were all sitting around pretending were underwater like this [stands up still], we’re swimming around, we’re moving. So that should be really beautiful.”

SOURCE: Screen Crush