Despite working alongside Hollywood powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Willem Defoe and Dolph Lundgren, Aquaman star Jason Momoa found himself awestruck while working with one of Aotearoa's finest: Temuera Morrison.
The 39-year-old former Game of Thrones star confessed that he "totally geeked out" when meeting Morrison, who plays Momoa's father in DC's latest cinematic effort.
"Once Were Warriors was a huge movie for me," the imposing-looking, but sweetly charming Momoa says during a break between shooting scenes on the Gold Coast.
"What he did in that movie was just so complex and unbelievable and it's what I channelled in Game of Thrones [where he played Dothraki leader Khal Drogo]."
Momoa says he was impacted heavily by Morrison's creation of a character (Jake "the Muss" Heke) who could inspire hate, love and devotion in equal measure.
"It was great to have a brown-skinned actor you could really look up to," the Hawaiian-born Momoa adds, before saying that he was the one who really wanted Morrison to play his father.
Aquaman opens in Kiwi cinemas on Boxing Day.