Five Favorite Films with Jason Momoa
The new Conan also talks about the film and how he wanted to be a painter.
Raised in Iowa by way of Honolulu and born of German, Irish, Native Hawaiian and Native American blood, Jason Momoa first turned heads as Hawaii's Model of the Year in 1999, thanks to his imposing stature and exotic looks. This success led directly to his first acting gig on Baywatch: Hawaii, which he followed up with a few small films and another TV series, but his true breakout came in the role of Ronon Dex on Stargate: Atlantis. Most recently, Momoa was seen in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, a bona fide sword-and-sandal fantasy drama, which gave audiences a taste of what he might bring to Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian as the titular Cimmerian warrior.
Though some might be quick to dismiss Momoa as simply another action star stepping into an established franchise, he was only too eager to talk about his longstanding affection for the classic Robert E. Howard character. A self-professed art and movie lover, Momoa also found it near impossible to narrow down his Five Favorite Films, speaking with overwhelming enthusiasm about his favorite actors and the writers and artists who have inspired him. Read on to see what he had to say about his favorite movies, his new film, and his ultimate career aspirations.
I'd say The Shining. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. I'm a huge Jack Nicholson fan. He's obviously... Everything from Five Easy Pieces, another one that's just phenomenal to me... Yeah, he's a god to me. I love him. I don't know how to properly explain why, but he's just fantastic. His sense of humor, his intensity, his charm, you know. There's only one Jack. I love him.
A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my ultimate favorites. Brando's amazing. Brando's one of my favorites.
Last of the Mohicans was like my childhood favorite. I love that movie. The soundtrack to that is probably one of my favorite in the world. My favorite movie is probably the life of Daniel Day-Lewis. If you watched Gangs of New York, it sucked, but then you see him as Bill the Butcher, it's unbelievable. You really want to say Gangs of New York because he's so amazing, but then you want to say There Will Be Blood. I mean, really, he's so amazing. My Left Foot, Last of the Mohicans; the guy is just a freak of nature. He's like a national treasure. That's what he should be considered. Mindblowing, absolutely mindblowing. I can't wait to see him play Lincoln. Anything Daniel Day-Lewis is in, that's pretty much my favorite movie.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my favorites. I love the book. Terry Gilliam is phenomenal. I love Terry Gilliam, I just love his mind. I love that, you know, he doesn't even do drugs. The guy's just f***ing crazy. Absolutely mad genius, and I love him to pieces. So, Fear and Loathing, to make that book come true, I mean, I can't think of another book that would be harder.
So you were a fan of the book before the film.
Oh yeah, I'm a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan, and I'm a big Charles Bukowski fan. So that's the thing. My movies stem from people that have influenced my life, like Rimbaud, Beaudelaire, you know, the great writers... and painters. I'm attracted to artist films, whether they be biographies or stuff like that; I'm just more attracted to that.
Next, Momoa talks about his love for the arts, his respect for the Conan legacy, and how he wanted to make the character his own.
Midnight Express is so... That and A Woman under the Influence were the first two movies I ever watched and went, "That is not a movie." You do not see anyone going, "Cut! I'll be in my f***ing trailer!" You watch that s*** and you are like, you are in that. So Midnight Express; that is really great filmmaking.