- Jason Momoa leads an epic haka dance during 'Aquaman' premiere
- Jason Momoa performs traditional Maori war dance
Jason Momoa leads an epic haka dance during 'Aquaman' premiere
Jason Momoa Performs Haka at 'Aquaman' Premiere2017
Instead, I cringed, and so did my daughter whose father was one of the haka performers in the line-up. Here's what instantly came to mind when I saw this haka; if Jason Momoa is going to showcase a culture on the red carpet, why isn't he doing a hula kahiko, or traditional Hawaiian dance? At the time I couldn't bear to watch the rest of the clip. It's certainly not Momoa's haka ability that disturbs me. Did they look awkward? The genuine ihi displayed in that performance was unquestionable, despite the awkward gestures by some.
Movie premieres are usually the same. Celebrities walk the red carpet in glamorous clothes, get their pictures taken thousands of times, and maybe give a few interviews. Last night, at the Aquaman premiere, Jason Momoa and his kids decided to liven up what would have been a typical movie premieres and honor their heritage in the same awesome moment. Momoa snapped it easily over his knee. This energetic and exciting dance set the tone for the rest of the evening. No doubt, Momoa is a proud papa that his kids are so enthusiastic about celebrating traditions.
Jason Momoa performs traditional Maori war dance
We can give them credit for that. And because Jason Momoa infamously has no chill, he performed a haka at the premiere, at one point breaking his trident over his knee. It was lit. But of course, there was the inevitable white opinion. Polynesian culture is not a monolith, and that should be respected. Haka are performed to welcome distinguished guests, and to acknowledge great achievements, occasions, or funerals.
The Oscars have mostly been all smiles inside the theater. But one tense moment on the red carpet showed how things can quickly go a little sideways if stars feel like they're being made to dance for cameras. Lisa Bonet shut down red carpet reporter Ashley Graham when she literally tried to make Bonet's hubby Jason Momoa dance. Graham asked Momoa to do the haka, a traditional Maori dance that Momoa performed at the premiere of Aquaman as a nod to all of the bits of the New Zealand native culture that had been woven into the DC film. Though Momoa is not himself Maori, Bonet clearly saw something a little exploitative in the ask and jumped in to let Graham know that none of that was happening. She did convince Jason to yell for the camera, and you can see the "let's get this over with" in Bonet's stance as she nods through the rest of the interaction.
Fans know Jason Momoa can act, but did they know he can also dance? He then grabbed his trident, stripped off his black jacket showing off his physique and summoned his fellow dancers to join him. Momoa seemed to put his heart and soul into each of the moves and the chant. Even his kids joined in on the fun as did his co-star Temuera Morrison , who plays his father in the film. At one point, Momoa smashed his trident over his knee, breaking it in half. So, what inspired the star to break out into dance in the first place? Momoa told E!
The former Game of Thrones actor has been making a huge splash lately with news of his new superhero film, Aquaman. In recent coverage from Variety , Momoa commanded attention with a fierce haka performance while at the Aquaman premiere in Los Angeles. - During the Aquaman premiere in Los Angeles, Jason Momoa changed the red carpet event standard forever.