Comic-Con 2011: Five Minutes with The Man Who Would Be Kings, Jason Momoa

In the rapid fire world of journalism, heh, sometimes you only get a few minutes with talent to get to the really great information. Then sometimes you only get a few minutes shoved into a tiny room overflowing with people shouting very general questions that offer little in the way of what we call “interesting information.”

Today was one of those days when I got to share a room for about five minutes with Jason Momoa. Luckily the very tall and friendly star of Conan the Barbarian shot out some interesting information in this short period of time that we’re offering you up here.

The Dothraki Language is a Fucked Up Melody

That’s how Momoa described the fictional language that his character, Khal Drogo, speaks in HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones. The choice was made for everyone to speak Dothraki as it made no sense for everyone to suddenly speak English with the arrival of Daenerys. Momoa jokingly launched a few lines of “caveman English” to illustrate how absurd it would have sounded, before shooting off a rhythmic line of Dothraki that sounded scary as shit.

Conan the Samurai?

Momoa expressed his desire to treat Conan like a samurai – at least when it came to swordplay. He spent two hours daily with 87eleven stunt team (The Matrix, The Expendables) working on his swordsmanship and another two hours working in the gym to build muscle. When you see him on the big-screen, expect Conan to be a master swordsman, wielding the giant broadsword with the grace of a katana.

Though He Hasn’t Seen it, Momoa Knows it’s Time for a New Conan Film

Yeah, you read that right. Jason Momoa hasn’t seen any of the Conan films but you know what, it doesn’t matter. In fact, that might be for the best – we don’t want a carbon copy remake of the Schwarzenegger film, we want a Conan story. He’s been around far longer than any Austrian bodybuilder. Momoa said that his research was Frank Frazetta artwork, the gritty and grim killer in the paintings – and that’s awesome.

The actor went on to say it’s time for a new Conan. It’s been 30 years, he said, and Spider-Man has already been remade in just short time span. Why has The Destroyer been gone so long? Regardless, he’s back now and he’s thirsty for blood.

Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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