Huh. There’s something you won’t hear from most actors.
Jason Momoa, star of Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian, was likely hired for his Conan role based not only on his looks, but also his intensity. But please, don’t think I’m shortchanging him on his acting ability: When asked by Star Pulse if he had trouble shifting between his two warrior roles of Drogo on Game of Thrones and Conan, Momoa joked in response by saying, “No, because I’m not that good of an actor. I don’t get stuck. It’s not like, ‘You’re not Drogo! You can’t go around killing people!’ I did Conan first. Game of Thrones got me Conan, but I shot Conan first.”
After initially joking about his acting ability, Momoa admitted there was a difference between the way the two characters carry themselves and, along with that, how he carries himself “Then when I went to do [Game of Thrones], I just wanted to transform my body. To walk around like a king is not very [normal.] In my house, when my wife says to do the dishes it’s like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ To walk around with that kind of air like a king was a lot harder for me.” Read more
Warlord. Warrior. Baywatch Lifeguard.
Yes, you read that correctly. Jason Momoa, star of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the upcoming Conan the Barbarian movie is quite popular these days, but you’d never guess that it all started from being on Baywatch Hawaii over a decade ago.
Yet, because of a fortuitous audition that lead to him being cast in the two biggest roles of his career to date, Momoa has been able to shake off the beach sand and pick up the steel.
Curiously, Momoa inadvertently auditioned for the role of Conan while he was auditioning for Game of Thrones. He tells Moveline, “You know, when I first got it, it was because of Game of Thrones. I went in to HBO and did the audition for Drogo — I went in and did haka, which is Maori, because Drogo doesn’t speak English and I wanted to portray what he would be like commanding his officers or going to war. So in the audition they were just like, ‘Holy shit’ … So I did the haka and one of the casting directors was like, ‘All right, I’ve got your new Conan.’ They called up but I was already going to do Game of Thrones, but I came back and Conan wasn’t cast yet. I went in and met Marcus Nispel and he fell in love, he told me his ideas of what he wanted to do for Conan, I said here are my ideas — this is how I’d want to play him. They liked it and I had to prove it to Lionsgate and everyone.” Read more