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Former He-Man Dolph Lundgren believes Masters of the Universe landed him the role of King Nereus in Aquaman

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Sep 17, 2020, 12:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Dolph Lundgren still HAS THE POWER!!! While being interviewed on the blue carpet for the world premiere of James Wan's Aquaman in London, the Creed II actor talked about how his role as He-Man in 1987 may have landed him the role of King Nereus, leader of Atlantis's Xebel tribe. 

“I think James Wan was a fan of Masters of the Universe when he was a little kid and my King Nereus looks a bit like He-Man,” Lundgren said. “I hardly recognize myself.”

The red-haired, seahorse-riding Nereus is the father of Mera (Amber Heard), a smart and badass Atlantean warrior, who also happens to be romantically involved with Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and next in line to become queen of Atlantis. With Arthur's half-brother, Orm/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), trying to wage war on the surface world for its blatant pollution of the world's oceans, all of the denizens of the deep must pick sides in the coming war. 

“[Nereus] is a political figure in this movie. It’s really about alliances and … he’s trying to negotiate with both sides," Lundgren continued. "He’s trying to keep peace underwater between the warring factions, but unfortunately, like we do sometimes, we have to join one side at some point. In this film, I decide somewhere [down] the line, that maybe I joined the wrong side and because of my love for my daughter and because I’m worried about her, I decide to start helping Aquaman instead of the other people.”

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Directed by Gary Goddard, Masters of the Universe was the first live-action depiction of Mattel's He-Man action figure. Despite being panned by critics and making just over $17 million at the box office (against a $22 million budget), the movie is now considered to be a cult classic of the 1980s.

It is also notable for starring Frank Langella as Skeletor and a young Courtney Cox as Julie Winston; it was Cox's second onscreen role after her film debut in Down Twisted the same year. 

Aquaman dives onto the big screen Dec. 21.