Jason Momoa on the failure of Conan

News Simon Brew 17 Jan 2013 - 07:25
Conan

Jason Momoa looks back at what went wrong with the 2011 take on Conan...

As Arnold Schwarzenegger gets set to reprise the role of Conan later this year, for the mooted The Legend Of Conan, it seems as though the 2011 take on Robert E Howard’s character has already been wiped from the memory banks.

The film fell just short of a $50m worldwide box office take, and in spite of the fact that everything was set up for a potential franchise, the box office failure put pay to that idea.

Whilst on promotional duties for his next film, Bullet To The Head, Jason Momoa has been reflecting on his time as the big screen Conan, and has been chatting to Philstar about its failure. So: what went wrong?

“I was a comic book fan and a huge admirer of Frank Frazetta and when he died during our filming, it was so sad because I wanted him to see it and say 'Wow, that’s my Conan!' Just looking at his paintings, I wanted to put that up on the screen. I absolutely remember seeing that one where Conan's standing on a pile of skulls and it’s seared into your memory and I felt like Marcus Nispel is a pretty visually amazing director”, Momoa told the site.

“There’s just a lot of things that came into it and sometimes the script just wasn’t there. I just wanted take a stab at doing Conan and it’s out of your control, you can only do so much. I feel like I bled over, and over and over to do the best I could. I feel like we represented him very well. The movie sometimes, it fell short you can only show up as an actor and be the best you can be”.

Or the short version: he thought the script was problematic. That’s the vibe we’re getting there.

You can read the full interview right here.

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