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Jason Momoa Explains Why He Turned Down Guardians of the Galaxy

Turns out Khal Drogo Jason Momoa did audition for Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he turned the role down. And we have Stargate: Atlantis to thank.

Screw you, Stargate:Atlantis.

Playing galactic brawler Drax the Destroyer “didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again,” said Momoa to Zap2it. “I want my children to see their father happy. It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on Stargate: Atlantis for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

That’s very respectable, dammit. Another reason you won’t be seeing Momoa on the big screen this summer is that he “made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based” to leave time in his schedule for Road to Paloma, his directorial debut, in which he plays a Native American biker on the run after he avenges a crime committed against his family.

Yeah, but he’s not avenging his family in space. Aw, hell. Snark aside, those are both good reasons. I can’t stay mad.

Momoa also has good things to say about Drax actor Dave Bautista—“Dave is perfect for that role”—and Chris Pratt, about whom he says:

“One of the funnest auditions I’ve ever done in my life was with him. He’s phenomenal. He’s going to kill it. It’s going to be amazing. It’s a whole Han Solo vibe. It’s going to be a phenomenal movie. I’m glad that he is the lead of that. He’s funny as hell, man. He can improv; he just acts circles around me. It was really, really fantastic.”

Even if Guardians is a no-go, the actor says “there’s definitely some” comic book heroes he’s like to play at some point in the future, but he won’t say which, because “then you’d know.” He also says he wants to do more comedies. I guess Wolves doesn’t count if it looks unintentionally hilarious.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    I can respect his decision. I’ve joked about it before, but as much as we nerds love to identify actors as their most famous roles (“LOL this summer Sherlock Holmes is fighting Captain Kirk!”) that is the type of stuff that can seriously damage someone’s career. So I can see why he’d be wary of the prospect of yet ANOTHER action project where he’s a shirtless, tough guy brawler.

  • Beverly Ann Nelms

    I would love to see him play a well spoken, intellectual man…..with no shirt on.

  • Travis

    I will never understand how they managed to get a movie with a character that was re-designed to look like Vin Diesel, and then cast Vin Diesel… as a tree.

    It’s like if they had cast Clark Gregg to play Nick Fury and then cast Samuel L. Jackson to play Agent Coulson.

  • Sara Green Williams

    Is the movie mentioned in the article different than the Red Road TV show he is in that starts tomorrow night? I was surprised to not see the show mentioned at all.

  • blu girl

    Yep, Red Road is the tv show on Sundance channel (which I’m loving so far) and Road to Paloma is a movie he’s directing.
    I can appreciate his desire not be typecast in that sort of role. The role of Drax will likely be small compared to the other roles in GOTG anyway. Hopefully the rumors of Momoa joining the DCU will turn out to be true :)

  • Tyrannorabbit

    I thought he was re-designed to look like Space Kratos.

  • Aeryl

    I wondered that too, because when I looked up Red Road, I learned it’s an allusion to a Native American ritual, so yeah.

  • Aeryl

    How sad is that, that when I read your parenthesis, my immediate thought was to wonder “WHAT Robert Downey Jr movie with William Shatner did I miss?”

  • Aeryl

    That scene in GoT where he decides to declare war on Westeros, OMG. I don’t care what anyone says, being able to emote like that while speaking literal gibberish is TALENT

  • Andrew Plein

    Doesn’t Lobo talk a lot… seems like a perfect fit :) :)

  • AnnaB

    I forgive him for saying “funnest” because he is Khal.

  • Adrian

    Good for him. However, I hope he enters the DCU instead. If not as the main man Lobo, I’d love to see him as a Maori Aquaman.

  • MeatyStakes

    Hey, I liked SG:A!

    Before they killed Weir anyways…

  • Mark Brown

    He’s doing Ronon kinda a disservice, though. He ~was~ quiet, but when he did talk he was one of the more insightful characters on the show.

  • Owen Allen

    Funnest is word meaning most fun. It is known.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    I’d still take him over Dave Boooooo-tista the walking Charisma Vacuum ANY day.

  • Alyson L

    Maybe Vin is trying to branch out?

  • Alyson L

    And yet he is in a movie coming out soon where he plays a grunting werewolf clan leader with lots of make up who appears to be ritually killing people while shirtless? I guess he had more lines in that one?

  • Dara Crawley

    I don’t think he’s dismissing him. I think he just wants a different kind of role

  • Sarah Brockman

    i c wut u did thurr,

  • Curuniel

    Big brown-skinned guy wants to avoid type casting as strong, silent barbarian type? I have no problems with this, best wishes for a diverse acting career.

  • Swash&Buckle

    It is known.

  • Jordan Wester

    He would rule so hard as Lobo.

  • Jordan Wester

    that’s what I thought! :D

  • Aeryl

    I agree. Maybe he’ll surprise me, but he was terrible in Man with Iron Fists, which didn’t set a high bar in the first place. Maybe being a good guy, he’ll get a bit more dimension and range. He was a pretty terrible character in that movie, maybe he doesn’t enjoy it.

  • Aeryl

    That’s hilarious.

    My guess is money. Vin isn’t cheap since F&F took back off. For this role, they had to record him saying “Groot”.

  • logat890

    wants to be taken seriously as an actor? this dude needs to talk to Casper Van Dien…

  • Travis

    You win the Internet for today.

  • Travis

    Hmmm, is he Space Kratos or Green Riddick? Good question. Both are bald badasses with a fondness for blades. Kratos has the whole “made for vengeance” thing going for him while Riddick is the one with the spunky human tag-along.

    Six to one, half a dozen to the other I’d say.

  • Anonymous

    Do we really care about him, though? I don’t care about anyone who says it’s a plus to rape women. Sorry, but no.

  • SCP3

    I never thought about it, but he’d be good as Lobo.

    And I base that on his performance as Ronan on SG:A.

  • SCP3

    I did the same thing.

    If QueerJock2 had said “William Pitt the Younger is fighting Captain Kirk,” it would have been a lot clearer.

  • Anonymous

    Like Haka from Sentinels of the Multiverse! But I’m pretty sure we’ll NEVER get a movie of that game, lol

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely, but that was only when one of the writer remembered he existed. I love SGA and Ronon in particular, but a *lot* of what Momoa was asked to do on that show amounted to looming menacingly in the background. Which he did very very well, but I get wanting to branch out.

  • Lady Commentariat

    A Maori Aquaman is one of the most awesome ideas I’ve heard today and could be exactly what Aquaman needs to get off the written-off-superheroes-list

  • Anonymous

    I missed that – was that regarding GoT?

  • Aeryl

    Yeah, I don’t know a lot about Lisa Bonet, but I can’t imagine she’d be married to someone who said that.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Source please?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Yes, at Comic-Con three years ago.

  • Anonymous

    She is.

  • Anonymous

    That movie he’s directing sounds great!! I think he’s really doing the smart thing and taking control over his career himself.
    Here’s hoping we’ll see him as another superhero with spoken lines in the future

  • frodobatmanvader

    I was JUST about to come here and say “Lobo.” Great minds think alike, huh?