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Prowling like a lion
Jason Momoa talks Conan the Barbarian...
1.Aug.79 • Honolulu
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Game of Thrones (2011)
Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin' the Blinds in B Minor (2010) - also dir-scr
Stargate: Atlantis (2005-2009)
North Shore (2005)
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On meeting Jason Momoa, it's impossible not to be nearly overwhelmed by his physicality. Standing 6'4" tall and nearly bursting out of his artist-chic outfit, his handshake is enveloping. Meanwhile, his attitude is that of a big surfer; he doesn't look particularly comfortable in this "costume", and he certainly doesn't look relaxed in the press interview setting. But he smiles and sighs, as if to say, "OK, let's get this over with." The problem is that I'm the first interview in a long day of press for Conan the Barbarian, culminating in a massive premiere at London's O2 this evening. So I just start with the obvious...
Was there a point when you realised that your physicality was a way into acting or modelling?
So now you find yourself in a huge action role.
Well, I think that's what's going to be in Conan no matter what, but what I tried to interject into the movie was a little bit of humanity, a sense of humour, personality and some vulnerability. You don't want him to just slash and kill everything. You've got to be relatable, you know? So hopefully that did work out - we only had two hours to do that. But the physicality and action stuff, yeah, it's fun. You're like a big kid doing it - the action is super fun, but you also want to throw in a bit of humanity.
Were you involved in developing his look in this film? How did you prepare for it?
How does action compare to the drama and sex in Conan as well as Game of Thrones? Were the naked scenes more difficult?
What else would you like to do as an actor
I'd like to do everything. I'm just kicking down the doors in Hollywood now. I've been doing it for 13 years. It takes a lot to get in there, but I'm not putting any limitations on what I can and can't do.
Are you looking for any other kind of roles?
How does directing compare to being an actor?
What about travelling around the world selling your film?
What are you working on now?
A lot of people compare you to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
SOHO HOTEL, LONDON • 14 AUG 11
© 2011 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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