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Exclusive: Jason Momoa Talks Conan
'Expect more magic in Conan 2 and 3'

23 May 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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The new-look Conan The Barbarian doesn't thunder onto our screens for a few months yet, but the man who plays Cimmeria's sword swinger, Jason Momoa, is already on the campaign trail. He's here to win over the masses for his take on the character Arnie owned back in 1982. Looking at the man, realistically who's going to argue?

Despite boasting pecs the size of Canvey Island and biceps that look more like CGI-ceps, Momoa promises an altogether lither, speedier hero than Arnie's beefcake. "We wanted to make him nimble," Momoa told Empire, "[because] he's a product of his environment. He's not out there lifting boulders..."

Expect swordplay influenced by Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa's samurai movies, says Momoa, movement like a panther and bloody Apocalypto-style combat, a movie director Marcus Nispel cites as an influence.

 

And what of the dark arts that run through Robert E. Howard's source material? "There's a lot of magic and sorcery in the Conan stories but they wanted to steer clear [of including] too much of that because of Clash Of The Titans. They have a little bit of the sorcery in there with Marique (Rose McGowan) but I'm sure in Conan 2 and 3 there's going to be a lot more of that."

So a second and third outing for the new-look Conan look like a cert if Conan The Barbarian brings home the bacon. First though is the small matter of avenging his scorched village and vanquishing evil warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang). Conan The Barbarian rolls into cinemas on August 26 in serpent-smiting 3D.
 


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Jason Momoa will be fantastic as Conan
I cannot wait to see this movie, i truly believe Jason Momoa will rock as Conan...whilst when i was younger, i was an Arnold fan and watched the conan film many times, i believe it's time for him to retire and let some younger, fitter, more nubile hunk of man into the role.....Jason Momoa is perfect More

Posted by moreMomoa at 16:43 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

Wake me up when this all ends.
Say what you like about Arnie but what he brought to the role of Conan was some gravitas, not in the acting stakes (granted) but his form. This "new" Conan actor has me thinking just 1 thing...generic. I highly doubt whether this Conan movie will match the fantasy and adventure the original Arnie version offered in abundance, still fondly remembered by those old enough to have watched it back in the day. I wait to be corrected... More

Posted by higgins78 at 14:55 on 27 May 2011 | Report This Post

Wake me up when this all ends.
Say what you like about Arnie but what he brought to the role of Conan was some gravitas, not in the acting stakes (granted) but his form. This "new" Conan actor has me thinking just 1 thing...generic. I highly doubt whether this Conan movie will match the fantasy and adventure the original Arnie version offered in abundance, still fondly remembered by those old enough to have watched it back in the day. I wait to be corrected... More

Posted by higgins78 at 14:54 on 27 May 2011 | Report This Post

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