Jason Momoa Talks About Conan Role

Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex (image from MGM)
Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex (image from MGM)
Stargate Atlantis star Jason Momoa grew up in Norwalk, Iowa, and the nearby Des Moines Register got to chat with him and his mother Coni about Momoa’s winning the role as the next movie version of Conan the Barbarian.

The brief article includes baby pictures from his mother’s collection and a link to a list of places he likes to go when he’s in Des Moines! But getting back to the role, Momoa said that his green eyes will be turned blue with the aid of contacts so that he’ll look closer to the part of the Cimmerian warrior as described in the books written by Robert E. Howard in 1932. He also plans to add another 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-5 215-pound frame, with the help of stuntman David Leitch (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Chad Stahelski who was the martial arts stunt coordinator for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

This incarnation of Conan promises to be closer to the book than the previous movie incarnations that starred Mr. Universe himself Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan the Barbarian in 1982 and Conan the Destroyer in 1984), including emphasizing Conan’s brains as well as his brawn. The character eventually becomes a king after living a life shaped by violence. Momoa told the Register, “It’ll definitely be (my biggest role) as far as a blockbuster hit.” To prepare for the role, Momoa confided, “I did more research with the books (than the movies), to tell you the truth.”

Momoa is currently training with a sword and will begin shooting the film in Bulgaria starting in March and going into June. Afterwards, he’ll be returning to Morocco to film more of his role as Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Make sure to visit Des Moines Register for the complete collection of articles about Momoa as he begins this chapter of his life as the new Conan the Barbarian.

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