Jason Momoa calls out reporter who asked if he felt bad about GoT’s rape scene. Recently, Momoa was asked if he felt wrong about the GoT’s rape scene. He does not like being asked if he regrets being a part of the scenes of GoT that depicted sexual violence. The actor played the role of Khal Drogo, who’s wedding night with Daenerys in the pilot episode ends in rape. In his book, author George R R Martin did not write as rape, instead it was consensual. However, show runners, D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, made the changes without notifying Martin. The author, last October, went on record that changing the sex scene to rape, had ruined the pilot episode.
The Actor’s Opinion:
The reporter asked Jason if he had any regrets about the scenes or “if he thinks differently about them now.” Jason responded to this by saying that it was essential to interpret and characterize Drago and his style. He equated Drogo to Genghis Khan and said that he was a complicated character to play.
Furthermore, the character may not have been likeable, but that’s what the character was, and it was his job as an actor to play the role to the best of his ability. Finally, he added that it was not his job to think whether he would do it or not. Interestingly, Jason was never asked if he regrets playing the role of Drogo. Instead, Jason says, “I already did it. Not doing it again.”
The Actor’s Reaction:
After completing his interview, Jason went back to the question regarding GoT. He told the reporter that it left a bad feeling in his stomach. He told the reporter that when asked about the GoT scenes, he got back to thinking about his character and whether he would do it again. It made Jason feel distressed to even think about it. Momoa said, “It just feels icky – putting it upon me to remove something.”
Furthermore, Jason noted that as an actor, they could not do anything. With the producers, directors, writers already having taken a decision, it is not as if the actor has the liberty to say, “I’m not going to do that because this isn’t kosher right now and not right in the political climate.” That’s not how things work.