Jason Momoa in his younger years looks like a totally different person
If you've just come out of the cinema having seen the latest Justice League film, you probably would have had a couple of gripes with the rushed story, the terrible special effects and Henry Cavill's hideous CGI upper lip. One of the highlights for me, however, was finally getting to see Jason Momoa as Aquaman.
As you may or may not know, Aquaman is easily one of the most-ridiculed characters in the DC superhero roster, but for the first time, you didn't feel like making fun of him in Justice League, and that's at least partly down to Momoa's performance. Of course, if you've seen him in Game of Thrones or Conan, that won't come as a surprise, but what may startle you a little is the fact that Jason Momoa hasn't always looked the way he does now.
With his beard, long hair and intense eyes, Momoa has a very distinctive look, but the Hawaii native hasn't always looked like the rugged royalty he frequently plays onscreen. He hasn't even always been an actor; in a move that makes a great deal of sense, Momoa started off his career as a model, even being named Hawaii's Model of the Year back in 1999. As you can see from this photo, he looks unrecognisable.
Around about that time, Jason Momoa was 19 years old, and while working at a surf shop in Hawaii, he was spotted by a local talent agency. That's when he got his big acting break, appearing on the timeless Baywatch Hawaii as Jason Iaone from 1999 to 2001. After that, he moved on to North Shore, as well as the comedy movie Johnson Family Vacation and the sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis.
Of course, his propulsion into the forefront pop culture came with his pivotal role as the brutal but noble Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones back in 2011.
Although his character didn't last too long into the HBO fantasy epic, he recently came under fire for his comments about "raping beautiful women" in the wake of the sexual assault allegations rocking the show business world at the moment, unearthed from interviews six years' prior.
"But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women."
To the 38-year-old's credit, he later apologised for his comments on Instagram.
"I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry. I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day. I know my sincerest apology now won’t take away those hurtful words. Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends. I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the words I said."
In the wake of Justice League's slow box office start, Jason Momoa was one of the few actors to emerge with much credit, but if his photos from his younger years are anything to go by, this Hawaiian actor still has a lot of space to transform and grow.