Exclusive: Justin Hartley Talks Aquaman & Green Arrow
first announced in this week's TV Guide, Justin Hartley
will be making an appearance in at least seven episodes of
Smallville's sixth season playing the role of Oliver Queen,
better known to comic book fans as Green Arrow.
course, fans on the Internet, particularly those who caught the
Aquaman trailer on YouTube might recognize Hartley - he
played the lead role of Arthur "AC" Curry in the Aquaman
TV pilot from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of Smallville.
Sadly, the CW chose not to run with Aquaman and the show remains
unaired. Chances of it ever becoming a full-fledged series are
slim to none.
made an appearance at the Comic-Con International in San Diego
on July 22, and after his autograph signing, KryptonSite's Craig
Byrne was fortunate enough to catch up with Justin for a Q and
A session. The interview follows:
was it like to film the Aquaman pilot last season?
know, it was great. We did some tank work, and then we did some
ocean work as well. We were actually in the reef
and in the ocean swimming
around. It was great. It was a lot of hard work. It was really
physically taxing, but nothing I couldn't handle, and really beautiful
and tranquil. It's really interesting, looking at an
aquarium as opposed to being in their environment. It's a little
freaky, but it's fun. I swam with dolphins. That was so great,
man. That was so, so fun. I would recommend that to anybody. It
was a good time, to work with all those guys. They're all professionals,
like all the divers underwater and stuff, so, it's good.
you talk about some of the people you worked with on Aquaman?
an actor, so for me, all the actors stand out. Lou Diamond Phillips
stands out. Everybody knows he's a good actor, 'cause he's proven
that. He's been in umpteen million films and stuff, and everyone
knows he's good. But it's interesting, because there's a certain
quality about his acting that comes through, I think. And it's
a likability, an endearing quality about his acting that comes
through. And it's really interesting, when you get to know him,
you realize that that is him. It's him coming through. I mean,
he is the nicest - maybe the single nicest man I've ever met in
my life. And he's genuine. He's such a good, good person.
Rhames stands out to me also, just because he's got great presence.
He's a fun guy too, and he's got a lot of insight in the business.
Beeman, I thought, did a great job. He's always moving the camera,
and he's always trying to help you out, and one of the best directors
I've worked with, I think. I really enjoyed him.
was your reaction when you learned that the Aquaman pilot
was not picked up as a series?
would say that I was not disappointed, but I think that's lying,
because I was really looking forward to doing it. I got over it
pretty quickly, not because it didn't sting, but because of this
business you deal with situations like that a lot, and if you
take the time to feel sorry for yourself, then the people who
are nipping at your heels are going to pass you, and end up getting
all your other jobs. So you've got to work. You've got to get
back to work, get another job. You don't have time to feel sorry
for yourself. So there was a moment of "oh, man," just because
it was so much hard work, and I really thought we - I still do
think that it just could have been really great. It really could
have been great. There were a lot of stories to be told, and Miles
and Al worked so hard on it. We all worked so hard on it.
it was disappointing in that sense, but then you move on and,
what are you gonna do, you know what I mean?
then went on to do a movie this summer, is that right?
actually filming it right now. I'm doing Spring Breakdown
with Rachel Dratch and Amy
Pohler, Parker Posey, and Missy Pyle.
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