Jason Momoa on Training for Conan and His Indie Film

by on February 20, 2010

in Entertainment

I came across an interview that Jason Momoa gave last week and it starts out, “I’m in pain.“  I thought I’d share some interesting tidbits from it.

Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex from Stargate Atlantis

As we all know, with Stargate Atlantis S*-canned for Stargate Universe, Jason Momoa who played Ronon Dex on Stargate Atlantis, moved on.  He’s found himself a role as Khal Drogo in the uber-anticipated HBO pilot for Game of Thrones, and most recently, he landed the lead role in the remake of Conan The Barbarian, titled Conan which is being directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre & National Treasure).

The interview started with Jason saying he was in pain because he just spent 6 hours of training.  The training he started in early February for sword fighting and the like. The kind of training you would need to be a barbarian!  It sounds like a brutal 6-week session.  The timing is about right though, since Jason Momoa will be headed to Bulgaria to start filming from mid-March through June.

He realizes this will be his biggest role.  At 6’5″, he should fill the role nicely.  I think Jason is the perfect fit for it, myself.

But if you think he needs more bulk, don’t worry.  He’s estimated he’ll be adding 10 pounds of muscle with the help of training with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.  Leitch was a stuntman on The Bourne Ultimatum and Stahelski was the martial arts stunt coordinator for 2 of the The Matrix films.  Jason is also is preparing himself for the role by digging more into the books by Robert E. Howard, than film.

But despite portraying the almost inhumanly strong Conan, Momoa still sees himself as a “mama’s boy” and spent his fair share of time stuffed in lockers as a kid.

But he’s not all about the roles that most women swoon about.  He’s got is own indie film called Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor, that he wrote and directed.  An indie film in which he hopes will get some screen time at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.  He’s looking to do a 2nd one with his girlfriend, Lisa Bonet, later this year also.

You’ll never believe what film he wants to be in next?  He’d like to be in the 4th rendition of Pirates of the Caribbean, called Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  Dang, he would definitely make a fantastic pirate, but Jason, is that the best direction for a career?  Eh, who am I to question where he’s headed.

For some pretty cool, never before seen pictures of Jason Momoa that his mother provided to the interview site, head on over and check them out.   I’m not one to snake totally exclusive material so don’t forget to check out the interview.  I left quite a bit out in my retelling here!  The Des Moines Register.

Thanks for coming by and I just can’t wait to see Conan now that Jason Momoa is attached.

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