Jason Momoa Answers ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Fan Questions

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Jason Momoa talks Conan the Barbarian Jason Momoa Answers Conan the Barbarian Fan Questions

While TV spots and trailers for Lionsgate’s impending Conan the Barbarian have been big on playing up the reboot’s merits as an entertainingly violent romp, Jason Momoa’s turn as the titular brute will also help make or break the film.

Based on what the Game of Thrones actor had to say in response to questions from fans about his take on the famous muscle-bound warrior, Momoa at least appears to have done his fair share of research for the role – and has a decent appreciation for the sustaining popularity of the Conan character.

According to Momoa, Conan director Marcus Nispel started him off with an eclectic collection of material (comic books, Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories, etc.), saying the director envisioned an incarnation of the character “like [Sean Connery as James Bond] – just very charismatic and you fall in love with him.”

As for his own thoughts, Momoa had the following to offer:

“It’s really, truly an honour to play him. I love the fact that he is not the superhero, he’s a man that’s gritty, he’s truly a man, but under the circumstances he does heroic things.”

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As many people have noted, the visual design of Nispel’s Conan reboot seems by and large closer to the aesthetic of the character’s comic book incarnation – not to mention, descriptions in Howard’s original literary source material – than the John Milius’ 1982 Conan the Barbarian film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Cimmerian warrior. According to Momoa, that was very much intentional:

“The wardrobe in [the 'Conan' reboot] is really pulled from the Dark Horse Comics. Obviously the poster looks like the Frank Frazetta painting. We pulled from some of the comics – some do Robert E. Howard’s stories, some do their own. We pulled from a little bit of everything.”

Momoa cited titles like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins or Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale, as models for how Nispel and his creative team chose to “re-imagine” the Conan franchise. While such comparisons are almost customary (read: very predictable and over-used) for Hollywood reboots at this point, these actually seem like fair examples to cite in this situation. As the actor put it:

“… [What] we’re doing is really an origin story starting from the very beginning of what it was like when [Conan] was born, being cut out of his mother’s womb, becoming this little bad ass warrior and slowly watching his father die in front of his eyes. And then him being this pirate and beef, and slowly finding the man who killed his father… This is really the essence of Conan in this movie.”

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While the Conan the Barbarian footage has featured more than its fair share of appropriately graphic and savage content (bloody carnage, gritty violence, etc.), its tone has definitely been on the cheesy side. So the question remains: Will Conan play out more like an action-packed B-movie that’s an improvement on last year’s similar Clash of the Titans? Or just be too over-the-top for its own good?

It’s honestly kind of hard to tell at this point, seeing how certain aspects (ex. the stylishly macabre production design) of Conan seem pretty appealing, while other elements (ex. the hokey dialogue) has made the film less enticing. So long as Nispel actually adheres closer to the classic Conan mythology in his reboot (like Momoa indicates he has) longtime fans will probably be more forgiving of the film’s shortcomings.

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Conan the Barbarian slashes its way into 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on August 19th, 2011.

For more from Momoa, check out his full interview over at the UK Conan the Barbarian Facebook page.

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  1. I am sold on Momoa as Conan, he has the look and the style needed to pull it off. The more I see him in the role the more he appeals as the best rendition to Conan to date.

  2. I REALLY like this actor and I think he can REALLY pull this off after having REALLY watched Game of thrones which, his performance in it, was REALLY outstanding.

    you see what i did there? :P

  3. “And then him being this pirate and beef…”

    Intentional or not, this is hilarious.

  4. I don’t like the word “slowly.” That better not be a description of the movie. I’d much rather hear “quickly and violently, with lots of carnage.”

  5. Is it just me or does he always look like he has terrible posture?

  6. i’m not to keen on the ‘we took a bit of everything’ part, it yells ‘this will be a chaotic mess of a story and you’re now only really here for the action’
    that being said, if i can watch this is standard screening, then its all good, b/c i haven’t seen a good action movie in quite some time (last decent one was universal solider: regeneration)

    • Agree, that is what Milius did with the first movie and it was a little bit of a mess in regards to the source material.

  7. LOL…I’m pretty sure Momoa said “pirate and THIEF”- as opposed to “beef”.

    That said, the film looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

  8. As a big fan of the original, I gotta say this looks very, very cool. Momoa looks like he can really do the character justice.

  9. They are going to go from his birth through his thief stage to his pirate stage? That’s a lot of time to cover in one movie. What about his mercenary soldier stage?

    • or the retired navy seal stage :D

    • *possible mild spoiler*

      If I understand correctly, the film will open with young Conan, then jump ahead to adult Conan living as a pirate. I believe the “thief phase” is only referenced.

      • He was never a “thief”, he was a mercenary who took what he needed but he never had a group of other people to break into someplace and rob them of loot.

        • Actually, he was a thief. Read Howard’s “The Tower of the Elephant” story where Conan acknowledges himself as one. It’s there in black and white, and only some 70 years old.

        • Incorrect. Aleric, I thought you were an avid Howard reader. Conan WAS a thief early in his career.

  10. “I’M ANGRY!!!!!!”

  11. Several questions for you:

    1. Why remake this?
    2. Is this going to be a pi$$ poor version of Zena Warrior Princess?
    3. Is that little fella from the first two in it
    4. Are you going to punch a camel
    5. Do you realise this is the end of your career as an ‘actor’
    6. How much did they pay you?
    7. Are you going to be in the Total Recall and Robocop remakes?
    Well, another classic ruined.

    • Seriously, you can go fcuk yourself. How dare you insult me when you don’t even know me!! Opinion is opinion and I have one. I am sure a 40 year old comic reader is exactly what you are but I am not. This film may have better effects than the original bit the film will not be.

      • ummm…not to stick my nose in where it doesn’t belong, but that’s a little strong, isn’t it? can we try to keep it clean? we’re all grown ups here, right? :)

    • Universal Soldier, seriously ha ha – who is the moron / clown?? High on story line and low on dramatic unrealistic violence?? You really should
      look at previous posts before embarrassing yourself bloody tool

      • i think it’s past your bed time ;)

    • I’m glad someone remembers the original comics…I can’t remember if it was the opening or closing shot in the first movie where he was sitting on a throne that looked like a direct page from one of the comics. I’ve read one of the books, but a few comics and for me the comics were far more entertaining. So if they follow the comic book form then I think it will be a fun watch…

  12. @jwalka

    Amen.

  13. As for this actor….I read referrences to Games Of Thrones as to his acting abilities…..But in reality his role was pretty minor with no real lines (Unless you want to consider a made up language lines) I mean he has the build for the part and can give some intense looks that might put you into a flight or fight mode if you were in front of him, and that’s all good….I hope he can act too. On the other hand the previous Conon movies set the bar prety low for acting so it probably wont be a problem….

  14. However good or bad this remake of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ is, it won’t affect how much I still love the original John Milius film starring Arnold.I still wish Netflix will get the animated series that I use to watch in the 1990′s.That was some good stuff! Jasmine, Rathamon and everyone else :P

    I think that one of the main reasons why Conan is still around today and a part of our collective psyche.Is b/c he is in a way an adult version of ‘The Boy who never grew up’ Peter Pan.Think about it: We are constantly told that Conan will one day have great power, influence and responsibilty as a king.But in the mean time, He goes where he wants – Does what he wants – Makes friends and enemies – Saves the day and never loses his independence.

    Conan the Cimmerian is a man-child.Wishfullfillment.A “wouldn’t it be great if” Adventure story that shows no signs of getting old.And I’m glad that this is so : )

  15. Hint hint. I’ve not read a single article about the upcoming Conan movie that does not contain the word “titular”. :)

  16. Well I am still a little skeptical because of the director’s history but the clip offers hope! I also hope that the producers stick to more REH and less comics even though this is the era of comic book movies. Taking the best of REH and the best of the comic adaptation will please CROM! Now I wanna see a clip of Rosie nakie!!!

  17. in addition to looking awesome, the movie looks like it really does justice to the comics which is a HUGE plus. i’ve been really impressed with what i’ve seen so far.

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