Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is everywhere lately, from his turn as the villainous Black Manta in Aquaman and his Emmy award-winning role in HBO’s Watchmen, to his most recent role as Bobby Seale in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. One of his biggest roles is yet to come, though, as one of the stars of the Matrix 4. Abdul-Mateen talked about the role in a new interview with Variety, and about his unusual audition process for it.
“No one understands the Matrix except for Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski,” Abdul-Mateen said. With that mystery in mind, the actor continued, “you learn to find meaning [in your role], and then you go test it out. If no one says anything, then you just trust that you ended up doing the right thing.”
The audition process lasted two days, but Abdul-Mateen said it wasn’t grueling as one might assume for a kung-fu sci-fi epic. “Lana and I did more conversing than we did acting in the audition because she’s building a family,” Abdul-Mateen said. When Wachoswki called him to tell him he got the part, the actor said that she told him, “I would love to invite you to the family.”
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