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“It turned into a big pile of s—t”: Jason Momoa Regrets Filming Conan the Barbarian Despite Being One of His Best Experiences

While the world today recognizes Jason Momoa as the megastar of Aquaman, there was a time when the actor starred in the film titled Conan the Barbarian, which, admittedly, did not fare well at either the box office or the people’s memories. In a recent interview with GQ, the actor had a trip down memory lane when he recounted his past films and the experiences attached to them. The actor talked of how the 2011 film “turned into a big pile of shi*t.”

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian (2011)

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The Actor Recounts Past Films

In the interview, the 43-year-old actor particularized his experiences while filming Conan the Barbarian, which is based on the character of Conan created by Robert E. Howard. The film which has a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes was a box office failure. Jason Momoa brought up the film when he was discussing how he has been involved in projects that “really sucked”. He also commented on how there is not much that can be done to salvage a film when it’s “out of your hands.” 

Jason Momoa recounts experiences
Jason Momoa recounts his experiences

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This is what the actor had to say about Conan the Barbarian, which was directed by Marcus Nispel:

“I’ve been a part of a lot of things that really sucked, and movies where it’s out of your hands. Conan was one of them. It’s one of the best experiences I had and it [was] taken over and turned into a big pile of sh*t.”

The actor also thought back to his Game of Thrones appearance as Khal Drogo, where he wished he could’ve stayed for a few more seasons. However, he concluded by saying that “it’s just the way Drogo had to go.” Hence, while expressing his wishful sentiment, Momoa also acknowledged that the purpose of his character was served in the show and the actor has made peace with that.

Jason Momoa Talks About Aquaman Sequel

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

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Momoa was all praises when it came to discussing the Aquaman films. When discussing the first film and its underlying message which talks about the planet’s demise, the actor had the following to say:

“These superhero movies dominate our market, which I have my own thoughts on because I love cinema, but we try to put out a positive message and go on an adventure. Aquaman is the most made-fun-of superhero in the world. But it’s amazing to be able to bring awareness of what is happening to our planet.”

The actor emphasized the film’s greatness by saying how it is not the same premise as a formula superhero movie, where things get tedious and repetitive. Instead, it focused on what is happening in reality around us, which the film portrayed on its own terms by basing it on fantasy fiction.

Aquaman actor Jason Momoa
Aquaman actor Jason Momoa

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When talking about the next installment in the franchise, which happens to be Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the actor tried to create anticipation by teasing the following: 

“I have a great time with… there’s a lot of… It’s a throwback to… I don’t want to give too much away. But we really get to speed up what is going to happen to this earth, and it’s not because of aliens.”

It seems like the latest installment, too, will keep playing into the climate change allegory and show a more serious, yet, as claimed by Momoa, a “funnier” side to the fans of the franchise. As the actor prepares for his other two big releases next year (Dune: Part Two and Fast X), the DC fans are eagerly awaiting to see Jason Momoa on the big screen as Aquaman again.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set for a 17 March 2023 release.

Source: GQ

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