Thank to Oz Comic Con we get brutally honest with Jason Momoa about the glorious Game of Thrones, what it’s like working with the great Walter Hill and fighting “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone for the upcoming Bullet in the Head; and how the script let Conan the Barbarian down.
Blake Howard: Firstly I have to mention Game of Thrones. Have you spoken with D.B. Weiss and (David) Benioff [Creators of Game of Thrones T.V Series] and said couldn’t you have picked me to play a character that lived longer?
Jason Momoa: [Laughs] I know right. It’s funny me and Dave and Dan are very close and when they called me back I just had such an amazing time, and I’m very, very close to them and they’ve helped me in my writing and directing we’re super close and when they called me to come back it was an honour and I love those guys. My only disappointment is I wish (and this is on George Martin) is I wanted to see Drogo go to war man. That was the only bummer, maybe he could of died in battle. It was a good way to go out because it was just heartbreaking but it would have been fun to see him kick some ass.
BH: When you were making it [Game of Thrones] did you know that it was something special?
JM: Oh yeah, I’d never heard of anything like it. When I got the script I was just, It was the first time in my life that I wanted to take the opportunity … take something and get it I’ve never been so focused on getting something in my life. It was like I had to have it. It was like my wife I had to it, it was mine [Laughs].
BH: So you’re just finishing up Bullet to the Head with Walter Hill. We’ve only heard little snippets about it but can you tell us about that?
JM: I mean that was an honour, it was just amazing and I mean Stallone is just a fucking legend. It was a dream to work with him and my fight scenes with Stallone it was like you just stop and pinch yourself and say “I can’t believe I’m fighting Rocky right now” I watched Rocky when I was getting ready for Conan for sure so. It was fun and I got to play a ‘Don’ for the first time to sink my teeth into something like that. I’m excited for people to see it.
BH: So did Conan drink three eggs and train in Philly in the morning?
JS: [Laughs] No, Conan drank a lot of beer.
BH: Just finally, I’m a fan of Robert E. Howard, and I was a huge fan of your take on the Conan and I think that even compared to Arnie’s original you’re take on Conan nails the savagery and makes him the best take on the character. How did you feel about the rest of the film living up to your performance?
JS: You know there’s a lot of things that, even when we started, when we did Conan it was an honour and I was a comic book fan and a huge Frank Frazetta and when he died during our filming [it was so sad] because I wanted him to see it and say “Wow, that’s my Conan”. And ah just looking at his paintings, I wanted to put that up on the screen I absolutely remember seeing that one where he’s (Conan) standing on a pile of skulls it’s seared into your memory and a I felt like Marcus (Nispel) is a pretty visually amazing director there’s just a lot of things that came into it and sometimes the script just wasn’t there. I just wanted take a stab at doing Conan and it’s out of your control, you can only do so much I feel like I bled over, and over and over to do the best I could and ah I feel like we represented him very well. The movie sometimes, it fell short you can only show up as an actor and be the best you can be.
BH: And as I said I think you nailed it. Jason Momoa thank you so much for chatting with Graffiti with punctuation.
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