Jason Momoa’s character on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” died four seasons ago, but really, Khal Drogo is never gone. Momoa appeared at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo to discuss the memorable Dothraki from “Game of Thrones,” his upcoming turn as Aquaman, his favorite DC Comics villains, favorite beer and much more. And hey, he literally dropped the mic on three different occasions.
After teasing about taking his shirt off and standing on his head, Momoa discussed his audition for Khal Drogo, explaining that he hadn’t read any of George R.R. Martin’s novels prior to trying out. “I got the audition, and they had a photocopies of parts of the book in there and if you read it out of context you’re like, ‘What the hell is this?'” the actor told the crowd. “Literally the audition scenes were [switches to Khal Drogo voice] ‘No. no.'” Momoa said the entire audition was in broken English and sort of made his own version of it since the Dothraki language didn’t come into the picture until the first table reading. He said showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss figured rather than all the Dothraki learning English for the one white girl that the one white girl should probably learn to speak Dothraki. Momoa said learning the language developed by David Peterson was like “memorizing a fucked up rap song.”
Other than Khal Drogo and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, Momoa listed a few other favorite characters on the hit HBO series. “Tyrion. He has the greatest stuff. I love Peter [Dinklage],” Momoa said. “I’d say definitely him and I love the Hound. I love Rory [McCann].” Since filming on “Game of Thrones” was so spread out, Momoa didn’t get to share scenes with all the actors but if he had to choose one he wishes he could have acted with, he said it would be Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister. “That’d be awesome. I thought he was just phenomenal.”
Despite giving up the ghost four years ago, Momoa still keeps up with the series — his wife is obsessed — and said if he could give Dany any advice right now it would be, “Stay strong and stay away from all those boys. Take your dragons and go sit on the throne.”
While Momoa couldn’t say much in the way of specifics regarding Aquaman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or other upcoming DC Comics films this far out, he did comment on how portraying Aquaman on the big screen makes him feel. “It’s an absolute dream come true, and I’m really happy that it’s out now. I’m not good at keeping secrets at all and I had to keep that secret for a very long time,” Momoa said. “It’s an honor. I don’t have too many things [I’ve worked on] my children can see — my son’s obsessed with Batman and my daughter’s obsessed with Wonder Woman. I never thought in a million years I’d be playing Aquaman.” He said the next seven or eight years are going to be amazing but lamented the fact that he’ll basically only be eating chicken breast for the next several years in order to keep up with Aquaman’s royal physique.
Though he’s thrilled to have the role of Aquaman, he responded to a fan question and said if he could play any other comic book characters it would be Lobo or The Crow. He mentioned his favorite DC villains are “Black Manta, obviously” and the Joker. He said he thought the just released image of Jared Leto as the Joker in “Suicide Squad” was great, and that he’s “glad it’s going a completely different way [than Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger].”
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