Video Interview: ‘Conan The Barbarian’s’ Jason Momoa On Brutal Heroes, 82 Deaths, And The Future Of ‘Conan’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 17th, 2011 at 11:07 pm,

Conan the Barbarian UK trailer with Jason Momoa Video Interview: Conan The Barbarians Jason Momoa On Brutal Heroes, 82 Deaths, And The Future Of Conan

Jason Momoa has had quite a year.

As little as a year and a half ago, the actor would have been considered (as his most recent onscreen nemesis/co-star Rose McGowan has said) a relative unknown. He had a loyal fan base from his work on Stargate: Atlantis and Baywatch, of course; however, it was his portrayal of savage and fearsome leader Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones that really propelled Momoa into the center of the public’s eye.

This weekend the actor takes a step further into the fishbowl with his interpretation of writer Robert E. Howard’s iconic character Conan The Barbarian. The actor was deeply committed to capturing a Conan he felt was in line with Howard’s original tales and the work of artist Frank Frazetta. For Momoa, Conan is a man’s man who “loves his women and loves his drink.” We had the chance to sit down with the actor at the Los Angeles press event for Conan to talk about Frazetta, playing the “working man’s hero” and what he hopes to see in future iterations of the franchise.

Before we get to our video interview, here’s a synopsis of the film and a handy timeline of the discussion topics:


The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Summer. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan’s exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character – “Conan The Barbarian.”

Interview Timeline

  • 00:14 We talk about what Frank Frazetta means to him, being inspired by Kurosawa and Samurai, and playing the King of the jungle.
  • 01:27 On Robert E. Howard saying “Conan is the most realistic character I ever evolved,” and portraying a hero that is a self-made man.
  • 02:35 The number of deaths in Conan.
  • 03:00 Momoa tells us that Khal Drogo is the greatest thing he’s ever done in his life.
  • 03:30 What the actor has written/wants to see in Conan the Barbarian sequel — and the magic of the interwebz.

Interview Conan The Barbarian Star Jason Momoa:

Conan The Barbarian Movie Poster Video Interview: Conan The Barbarians Jason Momoa On Brutal Heroes, 82 Deaths, And The Future Of Conan

Marcus Nispel directs a cast that includes Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman from a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood.

Conan The Barbarian opens in theatres this Friday, August 19th.

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  1. i’ve started hearing that this movie is a mess, it’s more then likely just fangirl talk (fans of the arnie one mind you). some say the dialogue is poor, whilst others say the action is over the top (in terms of blood/gore).

    what pisses me off the most is that they’ve taken half of the arnie conans plot and added some other stuff to it, conan has been through alot of adventures, surly they could have gone with one of them and just added a flachback montage to show his childhood, teen years (like they did with the dark horse comics).

    but i guess only time will tell (stupid 3d means it wont be out in major cinemas until next week for me (in 2d i mean)).

    • Have you seen the scene where young Conan goes on the run with the other Cymmerian youths?

      Now that was freaking brutal, and definitely NOT in the Arnold version.

  2. I plan on seeing the movie and hoping for the best. While I like Momoa his ideas for another Conan movie is disheartening. The stories are already written, they are over 80 years old and time tested, simply adapt them over as is and it will be better than anything Hollywood could ever come up with.

    • Yeah, I think Momoa is a pretty inspired choice for Conan but I hope they use an original Robert E. Howard story for the next film.

      It’s actually quite shocking to realize that- after five movies and three tv series based on REH’s work- no one has ever really adapted any of his stories.

      • I know, right?

        So much material and it’s just being ignored for the most part.

  3. A good friend of mine went to an advance screening last night in Dallas. They told me if you like meaningless hacking by the men and women that do nothing. Then this movie is for you. Rather bummed when I heard that.

    • That is exactly how the movie looked to me all along. I am not too surprised.

  4. I am down for this from Game Of Thrones.

    Jason’s Khal Drogo was the most intimidating
    dominating presence I think I have ever seen.

    I’m rooting for Jason and I hope this is a good.
    Great interview Roth — always a treat to see you.

    • Thanks Robert!

  5. I wasn’t entirely sold on this movie, until I saw this clip:

    After that, I was sold…

    Now you guys tell me, was THAT in the SchwarzeConan?

    • That was pretty good. I’m disappointed that Ron Perlman is playing the father who gets killed off early in the film though. The more Perlman the better.

      • I agree more Perlman the better.

    • Holy crap!!!


  6. Awesome!

  7. haha haha…. conan the barbrian (how it’s spelled in the sidebar links :)

    • awesome

  8. I liked his action work on Stargate: Atlantis, but really, Conan as a homeboy? I’d say that’s a new Hollywood remake low, but they have no scruples to begin with…