Jason Momoa had a panel today at Armageddon Expo in New Zealand. During the panel he spoke of his role as Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones pilot. Le Saboteur from the Westeros forums checks in with a report.
Okay, Jason Momoa panel was today, he is such a cool guy. Incredibly charismatic and funny for someone who’s going to be playing Drogo. Naturally there was a LOT of Stargate fans so I didn’t get time to ask more than ONE question. I got it on video (though he was like OH NO YOU ARE NOT VIDEOING THIS HBO WILL KILL ME so I dropped the camera and pointed it at my leg for a while, then went back to shooting because I’m cool like that), but won’t be uploading it ’til later. Here’s the basics.
- He has read Game of Thrones but no more of the series. He said it’s amazing.
- He thinks Khal Drogo is one bad mofo, and he’s a little intimidated by all the fighting and riding he’ll be doing (he seems pretty confident it’ll get picked up, it seems)
- He thinks he got the gig by doing the haka. He said it scared the shit out of the casting directors, and he tried to act as intimidating as he could, looking at them like “you gon’ die”, or something similar. He joked that they gave him the job to get the hell out of the building. Apparently there were people in the building wondering what was going on. The haka he performed was the one he did at his cousins funeral, and he wouldn’t perform the whole thing for us, he considers it pretty personal.
- The scene he said he’s most looking forward to doing is; “where some one tries to kill my wife”.
I can’t re-watch the video right now (currently downloading video to the computer) so I can’t elaborate on what scene he was talking about, I was concentrating on keeping the camera still-ish so was only half hearing what he was saying. Hopefully should be able to upload it within the next few days.
He seems pretty excited about it! Like I said, he’s very captivating (beyond his ridiculously good looking exterior), and I’m sure his scenes will be good. He’s very tall, but not a tank of a guy. When he was stalking around the stage, talking about his audition, I definitely ‘whoa’d.
And while we wait for Le Saboteur to upload video of his panel today, there are two videos (via Ran’s Twitter) from his initial appearance at the Armageddon Expo in Melbourne where he first announced his involvement in the project. You can check them out here and here.
[Credit to Danuška for the above photo. Check out her blog for more photos of the expo.]