Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on the first season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ just starred in the billion-dollar superhero smash ‘Aquaman’. During their off time, many of the other stars of ‘GoT’, including Momoa’s onscreen wife, Emilia Clarke have taken on big screen roles, but none have made quite as large a (*ahem*) splash.
While discussing her career, and how it parallels that of her costar Kit Harrington, Clarke spoke to Vanity Fair and revealed:
“Kit and I are counterparts in terms of experience. We are pretty much the same age, and our characters have had parallel journeys, and we as actors have had parallel journeys. We’ve both done stupid action movies we regret and fabulous things we’re proud of, and we’ve always come back to Thrones. And he’s the person I’d ask, ‘How are you handling this? Are you alright?’ We were in sync, even if we were filming on opposite sides of the world.”
Well, she didn’t name names, but Clarke has certainly made a few big-budget action movies. Last summer, she starred as Qi’ra in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, a film that, on paper, sounded like a sure-fire smash. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, ‘Solo’ fell short at the box office and was widely panned by both critics and filmgoers.
That film suffered from issues behind the scenes as original co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired midway through filming and replaced by Ron Howard who wound up reshooting almost the entire movie.
And then there was ‘Terminator: Genisys’, the ill-fated revival of the classic ’80s franchise, which Clarke made with ‘GoT’ director Alan Taylor. While ‘Solo’ got a lukewarm reception, ‘Terminator: Genysis’ was a full-on flop that critics and viewers hated.
Clarke has gone on record as saying that she was “relieved” that it failed, so that she wouldn’t have to return for sequels, which she had already signed on for. She further explained:
“[Taylor was] eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time [making it].”
Well, beyond the last season of ‘Game of Thrones’, later this year, Clarke will star in another action movie ‘Above Suspicion’ directed by Phillip Noyce (‘The Giver’), co-starring Thora Birch and Johnny Knoxville, and this winter in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’ with Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.
Hopefully, she had a better time making ‘Above Suspicion’ than ‘Terminator: Genisys’. Also, hopefully, audiences will have a better time watching it.
Until then, look out for ‘Game of Thrones’ which returns on April 14.