Jason Monoa confirms he turned down Guardians Of The Galaxy

News Simon Brew
26 Feb 2014 - 07:01

Jason Momoa has confirmed that he turned down the role of Drax in Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy...

Rumours had been rife around the time that Marvel's upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy was being cast that Jason Momoa - he of Conan, Game Of Thrones and Stargate: Atlantis fame - had been close to getting a role. Turns out that particular rumour was true, and that Momoa turned the role of Drax down.

Chatting to Zap2It, Momoa was adamant that the man who eventually took the role, Dave Bautista, was "perfect for that role". Momoa instead opted to press ahead with his directorial debut, Road To Paloma.

Of playing Drax, he said that "it didn't really fit in my time because I've done so many things where I don't say much and I'm coloured up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct Road To Paloma so people could see that side".

He did audition for the part of Drax though. And he expanded on why he opted not to play the role. "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".

Road To Paloma, which Momoa co-wrote, directed and stars in, should be released later this year.


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