The 42-year-old Hawaiian actor turned cold during an interview with New York Times reporter David Marchese after the writer asked Momoa if he regretted filming a graphic rape scene during his performance breakout as Khal Drogo in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
The series’ pilot episode saw Momoa’s barbaric warlord Drogo attack and impose himself on his future queen Daenerys Targaryen, played by 34-year-old Emilia Clarke.
When Marchese asked if Momoa “thinks these scenes differently today,” he replied, “Well, it was important to portray Drogo and his style. You are playing against someone who looks like Genghis Khan.
He continued, “It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and that’s not a good thing, and that’s what that character was. It’s not my job to go, ‘Won’t I do it?’ “
The scene was widely criticized by fans at the time for taking liberties with the original story written by George RR Martin, in which the two characters were consensually together.
Momoa then added, “I’ve never really been asked about ‘Do you regret playing a role? We are going to put it this way: I have already done it. Don’t do it again.
But the “Aquaman” actor then apparently gave Marchese a cold shoulder for the rest of their conversation, often offering only laconic answers to the reporter’s questions about other roles.
When asked if Momoa would be “able to articulate” what he sees in the future for his DC Comics hero, he simply replied “No.”
Marchese then turned his attention to Momoa’s upcoming projects, namely “Sweet Girl,” a movie that involves “big pharma,” he said.
« [I’ve] never searched for something like this before. Big drug companies are pretty scary, mate, ”Momoa said of the new role. When asked what kind of “research stood out” in preparation for the shoot, Momoa backed down, “I don’t really want to talk about big pharma right now. “
As their time was almost up, Momoa decided to say her peace about Marchese’s previous questions about the “GoT” rape scene.
“I wanted to bring up something that left me with a bad feeling. When you brought up “Game of Thrones” you brought up what is going on with my character and would I do it again. I was disappointed when you asked me this, ”Momoa said.
“It’s just disgusting – making me take something away.” As if an actor even had the choice to do that. We don’t really have the right to do anything. There are producers, there are screenwriters, there are directors, and you don’t have the right to come and say to yourself, “I’m not going to do this because it’s not kosher right now and not fair in the political climate. This never happens. So this is a question that seems icky. I just wanted you to know that. “
The Post reached out to Momoa and The Times for further comment.