Iowa-raised Jason Momoa gets musical and muscular on his 'Saturday Night Live' debut
Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is forced to deal with his connections to the surface world and the underwater one in director James Wan's "Aquaman." USA TODAY
What happens when Aquaman hosts "Saturday Night Live"?
He busts out the funk, duh.
Hawaii-born, Norwalk-raised actor Jason Momoa hosted and guest-starred on this week's edition of NBC's beloved sketch comedy program, jesting with cast members about his masculinity and musical skills.
Momoa happily opened jar of pickles for starry-eyed Aidy Bryant (because, you know, muscles) before parodying Parliament's 1978 funk number "Aqua Boogie" (because, you know, Aquaman) with Leslie Jones, Keenan Thompson and Chris Redd.
The shoeless "Games of Thrones" star called the appearance "probably one of the greatest moments of my life."
"I'm so muscular to be hosting 'Saturday Night Huge,'" Momoa said. "If you don't know, I am an 'SNL' super-nerd, dork ... Come on, Jason, keep it together. If you cry it will rain in Hawaii."
Watch the monologue below:
Momoa joins a club of elite entertainers with Iowa ties to host the award-winning comedy program. Ashton Kutcher and Elijah Wood led respective shows in 2003, Tom Arnold appeared three times in the 1990s, and Grinnell College graduate Kumail Nanjiani hosted in 2017.
Momoa stars this December in "Aquaman," the latest superhero film from the DC Extended Universe (the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman; not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home of the Avengers). The film promises to serve audiences a coming-to-power story for the underwater hero DC first put to page in 1941.
According to IMDb, the film takes viewers to a world where “Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.”
In an interview published last month by Men’s Journal, Momoa compared Curry’s fictional background to his upbringing in Warren County: “It’s probably the character I’ve played that’s most like me. Like him, I grew up a huge outsider. I was just with my mother, he was just with his father — and I know what that’s like, not having a parent around.”
Momoa debuted as Curry in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and reprised the role in 2017’s “Justice League.”
The film launches Dec. 15 in select theaters — a promotional offer for Amazon Prime subscribers — before entering wide release Dec. 21.