Jason Momoa has made a career out of playing big, tough bad ass characters. The star of “Game of Thrones,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “Stargate Atlantis” said that’s OK with him Saturday at Emerald City Comicon.
“You can typecast me. I like playing those characters.”
He won’t be returning as Khal Drogo in the next season of “Thrones,” of course, but he said he’s seen the second season opener and, “You guys are going to love it.”
Momoa said he spent a great deal of time learning the language he spoke in “Thrones.” That involved many days in a hotel room eating pizza and drinking Guinness. Still, there were parts of it that eluded him.
“I couldn’t wrap my tongue around (some words). It’s really hard to do. I finally said, f— it. I’m king.”
Momoa said he put on 50 pounds of muscle for the Drogo role eating chicken breasts until he was sick of them. For the “Conan” role he worked out six hours a day.
The jocular Momoa spent much of his time on the fan panel making jokes but there were serious moments. Momoa said the speech he gave around the fire in “Thrones” was the highlight of his career. “I wanted to do it over and over.”
When a fan asked if the Hawaiian actor would perform a traditional Haka he declined. He then explained that the traditional dance/war cry was only for ceremonial purposes and told a moving tale of its use at his cousin’s funeral.
At one point during his session at ECCC Momoa joked that he could best fellow “Stargate” actor Christopher Judge in a fight. After a few seconds he realized that Judge was backstage waiting for his fan panel which immediately followed Momoa’s. He then back peddled.
When Judge came out on stage he said Momoa has been like a kid brother to him for the past 10 years. But, “In all those ten years I haven’t understood one word he’s said to me.”