Jason Momoa on ‘Conan the Barbarian’

We talk Barbarians with Conan star, Jason Momoa.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Now we all know Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. When he was cast as Conan the Barbarian, he was relatively unknown, just like that bodybuilder guy was the last time they cast Conan. While Momoa was promoting the film, we got a chance to throw a few questions his way and hear his deep voiced Hyborian answers, just in time for the home release of Conan the Barbarian on November, 22.


Crave Online: One of the things about the past films is that Conan speaks more with his actions and there's very little dialogue. Do you get to play a little more with that?

Jason Momoa:  Yes and no, but that's one of the great things about Conan. He doesn't need to be babbling on about bullsh*t. He's like Clint Eastwood. He just says what needs to be said and just does what needs to be done. And we do have some nice moments where you get the sense of the origin story. You see what he's made of, how he was raised, how he was born on the battlefield, watching his father die in front of him, and that revenge tale. It also helps having a beautiful woman. It softens him a little bit. He's got that underbelly. You want to see a little bit of that but at the same time, he's Conan. He doesn't need to say too much.


Crave Online: That means the lines you do have are likely to be quoted a lot. What do you think will be the big catchphrase?

Jason Momoa:  "I live, I love, I slay and I'm content."


Crave Online: Do you get to do the big "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you…" line?

Jason Momoa:  No, I don't get to do that one. That's actually Milius' line. He would be pissed if we took that. That wasn’t a Robert E. Howard quote. This one is.


Crave Online: Are you also in the Walter Hill movie Bullet to the Head?

Jason Momoa: Yes, I'm doing a thing with Stallone right now and Stallone got to see it.  I was watching Rocky when I was doing Conan. Rocky, for me, that's my Conan. I love it. I'd watch Rocky IV and get amped up.


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