Momoa said the remake was one of his best experiences — until it was “taken over” in 2011 to become a critically planned bombshell.
Jason Momoa doesn’t hold back as he launches his critique of Conan the Barbarian.
Over a decade since the reboot film premiered in 2011, Momoa admitted in an interview with GQ that the film “really sucked.”
“I’ve been involved in a lot of things that really sucked and movies that it’s out of your hands,” Momoa said. “‘Conan [the Barbarian’] was one of them. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had and it [was] taken over and turned into a big turd.”
Momoa starred as the title character first brought to the big screen in the 1982 Robert E. Howard film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. To prepare for the role, Momoa underwent an intense six-week training program at a stunt and martial arts academy before even officially signing on to the film. Bullet Train director David Leitch and John Wick boss Chad Stahelski helped Momoa gain over 10 pounds of muscle to become Conan. The film was directed by Marcus Nispel and also starred Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman and Stephen Lang.
However, “Conan the Barbarian” underperformed and received critical acclaim, eventually grossing just $68 million at the worldwide box office against an estimated production budget of $90 million.
“It was hard because people always think I’m just this guy that’s playing [macho characters]’ Momoa continued, citing that ‘Conan’ came out during his Game of Thrones fame. “But I want to be moved, I want something new. Things are changing and even the villain roles I’m playing now are eccentric.”
Momoa stars in the upcoming Fast X, the 10th Fast and Furious movie. He also directs the DC franchise Aquaman, whose sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for release on March 17, 2023.
“These superhero movies dominate our market, which I have my own thoughts on because I love cinema, but we’re trying to spread a positive message and be adventurous,” Momoa explained. “‘Aquaman’ is the most derided superhero in the world. But it’s amazing to be able to raise awareness about what’s happening to our planet. It’s not a story to be told over and over again [it’s a] Film about what is happening, but in a fantasy world.”
The Aquaman sequel was also fraught with production issues, ranging from fan petitions to remove Amber Heard from the film to unexpected re-shoots with Ben Affleck in his role as Batman. Meanwhile, The Flash’s tentpole multiverse film is in turmoil with the numerous arrests and allegations of abuse of lead actor and Justice League member Ezra Miller.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/08/jason-momoa-conan-the-barbarian-sucked-1234750233/ Jason Momoa: “Conan the Barbarian” “Really sucks”