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Aquaman director James Wan just seems like a cool guy, in addition to being a great filmmaker. He only recently finished working on the DC movie, which will be released next month. In the meantime, he took time to answer some questions from two young film fans, and gave advice to an aspiring director.
As you can see, James Wan shows some "fantastic" enthusiasm when the young girl mentions wanting to go into directing. Here's his advice to her:
Practice makes you better, as opposed to perfect. That's probably a good tip on its own. The start of the video is also fun, with James Wan talking about his huge toy collection, and saying he actually colored his hair again to look more like his own toy. He was asked about his favorite toy, and answered that he really likes his Batman The Dark Knight Returns comic figure riding the horse.
It's clear James Wan is a true comic book fan, which helps since he's adapting another DC Comics character with Aquaman. Wan and company spent two full years working on the film, and he was clearly exhausted (but proud) when it was finally complete.
James Wan is still best known as a horror director, from Saw and Insidious to The Conjuring franchise, but he also branched out into mainstream blockbusters with Furious 7. He recently talked to ComicBook.com about mandating his own vision for Aquaman:
After many years in the industry, 41-year-old James Wan has definitely moved past "director for hire." But maybe part of his advice to aspiring filmmakers would be to note that he did pay those dues himself.