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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Just watched A Golden Crown from GoT series 1 again, convinced by that scene at the end that he could still make a good beefy hero or villain in the future

Good for him - I wish more actors would make an active role to avoid typecasting.

you gotta be kidding me with this. No matter what this guy does he is and will always be typecast for action roles. I have no idea why he just does not embrace that. I mean, the Conan he was in was great. That could have easily been a trilogy in the same vain that The Expendables is a great action franchise.....this is just like James Franco stepping out of his talent-area for lack of a better phrase and directing and starring in that hill-billy drama that no one remembers instead of just sticking to the comedy and action movie acting he is good at.

It's understandable that he was turning it down in order to make something he has created. And it must start getting very annoying being typecast all the time, especially as someone who doesn't talk much!

Good on him, mans got his own mind.

I can understand him wanting to diversify, but I think this was a missed opportunity for him. He could have really done with a big hit under his belt, and this would have established him as an A-list action star for quite a while.

Also, He would have done a cracking job.

I don't think typecasting is so bad, would you rather be a struggling actor or Arnie? As I said a couple of days ago I don't think Momoa needs the money (but then nor does Arnie). As for my children, if their Dad was Ronan Dex, Khal Drogo, Conan and Drax the Destroyer I reckon they'd be pretty damn proud of me! Nevertheless I hope Jason does well with his directorial activities even though as a fan I feel a little let down.

While I really did not like the Conan-movie he starred in, I thought that Momoa did a damn fine job in portraying the character, considering the script he had to work with and that Marcus Nispell had already in Pathfinder shown himself to be the wrong type of director for Sword & Sorcery. I actually hoped that Momoa's performance might have gathered enough attention to warrant a second movie, one that would be even closer to Howard's original stories and just show business-as-usual for Conan.

Thought that he was alright in Game of Thrones but I'm glad that he turned down GOTG honestly.

It's Mamoa. A website should have their writers use spell-check before publishing?

He's got more acting under his belt than Batis...

Wait, spoke too soon

Batista right now doesn't even look like a bodybuilder. He looks like a power lifter. Dude is massive. You don't see that very often in a protagonist, it's usually huge but defined guys. Gunn has a vision. And Mamoa had his own thing going on, nothing wrong with that.

I respect this decision but really respect how diplomatic he's being about the role.

I don't know if there's such a thing as a James Franco talent area.

my James Franco talent area is hurting this morning...

I'm pretty sure Mamoa isn't in most spell-check dictionaries?

Try good old fashioned human spell-checking, champ. They even spelled it Monoa in the title ffs. Either way, good on him for wanting to expand his talents. Only a jerk would complain that he should stay in action roles.

I think he would have been a fantastic Drax. He looks a lot like the comic version (this is one of the first times I've seen a character get MORE massive when adapted to a movie; Batista is huge!)

Can't argue with his reasoning though. Can't wait for the GotG film; here's hoping Batista really is perfect for the role. He's the one wild card too me, I'm hoping he ends up hitting it out of the park.

Marvel turned Monoa down. This is just a buch of rubbish. Get over it.

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