After years on TV shows like “Baywatch” and “Stargate: Atlantis,” Jason Momoa is enjoying his jump to the big screen in “Conan the Barbarian.” Metro caught up with Momoa to talk about the right number of beheadings to make a scene work, baring all and his “Game of Thrones” character, Khal Drogo.
How was the preparation for playing such an iconic character?
I mean, that was very hard, dude. It’s daunting because I’ve never seen my body in that kind of shape before. I’ve never done those kinds of things before, so it was really hard, for sure. But it was totally an honor because I’m a big fan, you know what I mean? I think they picked the right guy because I’m a huge fan of it — Frank Frazetta and the comic books — so I don’t know, I didn’t get scared or nervous or anything. I was really just super-excited about it the whole time.
You weren’t worried about having to bare your backside on screen?
Well, I don’t know man. I’m Hawaiian, man. You guys invented clothes, not me. I’m kind of fine with it. Obviously predominantly most of the stuff I’ve done I’ve had my shirt off. It’s just … kind of uncomfortable. I don’t know. But it’s Conan, and it’s what he does. He makes love, he fights and he f—s, he drinks. It goes with the territory, you know what I mean?
I heard there’s some stuff for the DVD that was too gruesome for the theatrical release?
Yeah. You’re going to be shocked. There’s lots that was cut out that in truth I really loved but obviously was a little too gruesome.
More gruesome than the part in the movie where you grab someone by where their nose used to be?
To me that’s really interesting. I like that. It’s not gruesome, it’s not bloodsport, but that being said, it will make you cringe. There’s a lot of people getting their heads cut off in this one. I mean, there’s even more in the extended version. In the opening scene there’s probably 16 guys I kill, and it turns out to only be four [in the theatrical version]. (laughs)
I was very, very sad at the end of the first season of “Game of Thrones.”
Yeah, no s—. You and me both, buddy. I mean, I love that series. There’s not enough good things I can say about it, but beyond that it’s truly a life’s work, and to be on that was an honor. They did an amazing job. It’s unbelievable.