Tenoch Huerta is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as Namor, the King of Atlantis, after overcoming one small hurdle: he couldn’t swim when he was cast.
As the king of an undersea kingdom, you can imagine Namor would have to be quite comfortable in the water, but the same wasn’t true of Tenoch Huerta when he first landed the Marvel role. The actor has revealed he had to tell a white lie in his audition and then learn to swim after getting the part.
Huerta has revealed in a recent interview that he had to explain to Marvel after getting the part that he couldn’t actually swim, before spending eight months getting lessons to prepare for his role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In an interview with the Spanish-language Life and Style, Tenoch Huerta revealed how he navigated his biggest obstacle in landing the role of Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The actor admitted he carefully worded his response when he was asked in his audition whether he could swim, saying “I replied that I had never drowned and went back to my managers.” This ultimately helped Huerta land the role of Namor, but obviously led to some issues later on.
The Black Panther actor revealed:
“Of course, I didn’t say anything then, because they weren’t going to give me the role. We had to explain to them through my lawyer in the United States that this is how we Mexicans are. We never say no.”
Tenoch Huerta also revealed the effort Marvel put in to working with him on realizing Namor’s heritage in the MCU’s reimagined vision of Atlantis.
Speaking about working with Marvel on bringing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Atlantis to life, Tenoch Huerta said:
“In the film, there is a Mesoamerican inspiration, based on the research of a team made up of people from different professional fields. They consider you a collaborator and have always been very open to my comments and proposals to improve the character.
“I can say that they listened to 90 percent of my notes and proposals, in addition to the fact that from the beginning I made it clear to them what my convictions and my struggles were off the screen.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Atlantis draws on Aztec and South American influences, anchoring the underwater civilization to a something more recognizable for audiences. Based on his comments above, it sounds like this also allowed Tenoch Huerta to feel more connected to Namor.
Here is the synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming MCU, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.
Source: Life and Style