Jason Momoa was one of the names that bubbled up for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘, for the part of Drax, which eventually went to WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Momoa actually turned down the role in the potential blockbuster, but has opened up about that decision.
“I think it’s perfectly cast,” Momoa stated, while promoting his Sundance Channel drama ‘The Red Road’, “Dave is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored 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 went on to say “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.”
Momoa did audition opposite ‘Guardians’ leading man Chris Pratt and has nothing but great things to say about the experience. “One of the funnest auditions I’ve ever done in my life was with him. He’s phenomenal. He’s going to kill it. It’s going to be amazing. It’s a whole Han Solo vibe. It’s going to be a phenomenal movie. I’m glad that he is the lead of that. He’s funny as hell, man. He can improv; he just acts circles around me. It was really, really fantastic.”
Could we still see Momoa playing a super hero at some point? Never say never. “There’s definitely some, absolutely. I was a huge comic book fan, and I still am.” Any in particular? “I’m not going to tell you the ones I collect, because then you’d know [Laughs].”
What do you think? Who would you like to see Momoa portray?
‘The Red Road’ premieres Thursday (Feb. 27) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sundance Channel. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hits theaters on Aug. 1.