In his recent interview with British GQ, Jason Momoa slammed his 2011 film ‘Conan the Barbarian.’ The film was the remake of the original 1982, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the main protagonist.
Momoa told British GQ. “I’ve been a part of a lot of things that really sucked, and movies where it’s out of your hands, Conan was one of them. It’s one of the best experiences I had, and it [was] taken over and turned into a big pile of s***.”
Conan, which cost $90 million and was released in 3D, flopped with critics and at the box office. “It’s just barbaric,” said Rick Groen of the Globe and Mail, contributing to the film’s 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Conan grossed $48 million worldwide, barely covering half of its production costs.
Momoa’s lucky break came before the flopping of Conan when he made his debut as Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on HBO’s most famous series, Game of Thrones.
Although his role only lasted two seasons, Momoa told British GQ, “It would have been great to stay on it across the seasons, but it’s just the way Drogo had to go.”
Moma added that “It’s been hard because people always think I’m just this dude who plays [macho characters], but I want to be moved, I want something new. Things are changing, and even the villain roles I’m playing now are eccentric.”
In 2014 Jason Momoa rose to new stardom heights when he appeared as Aquaman in DC’s standalone Aquaman film, along with roles in other movies.
“These superhero movies dominate our market, which I have my own thoughts on because I love cinema, but we try to put out a positive message and go on an adventure,” Momoa said.
“Aquaman is the most made-fun-of superhero in the world. But it’s amazing to be able to bring awareness of what is happening to our planet. It’s not some story that’s been told over and over, [it’s a] movie about what’s happening right now but in a fantasy world.”
Jason Momoa’s upcoming films include playing a villain in “Fast and Furious 10” and returning as Aquaman in the DC sequel, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”
The first “Aquaman” told a climate change allegory, and it appears the sequel will again. The actor teased, “I don’t want to give too much away. But we really get to speed up what is going to happen to this earth, and it’s not because of aliens.”
For a full interview, please head over to the British GQ website.