Jason Momoa Admits He Has Not Seen Arnold's Conan:The Barbarian

Jason Momoa Admits He Has Not Seen Arnold's <i>Conan:The Barbarian</i>

The new Conan, Jason Momoa admits to Fandango that he has not seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's version of Conan but he plans to after seeing his.

Speaking with FandangoMovies at this years CinamaCon, Jason Momoa had quite a bit to say about the upcoming Conan:The Barbarian. He also made an almost unbelievable confession.

So this is really your first big film role and you're taking over for someone thats pretty iconic The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. So what does that feel like? Are you feeling a little pressure or are you excited?

I'm excited. It's an honor. I mean I love Arnold, I love his movies and it's an absolute honor to take on those shoes. Having said that, the stories that I loved when I was a child, Robert E. Howard stories, to re tell those, just to re boot this franchise, it's exciting. Especially in the sense of James Bond or Batman there's a generation out there, it came out in 82, it's time for another generation to see it. It's an honor to be that guy.

So the first one was kind of campy. Is this just a complete reinvention or did you keep a little bit?

No! No! Like I said, it's totally re imagining and re booting the franchise. I don't want to sound bad but I haven't seen it. It came out in 82. I was 3 years old. And I've never played a character, that I was going to play that has already been played. So, as an actor you want to build the character from the ground up. You don't want to be influenced by anything. You want to be influenced by the source material, the paintings.

There's such a richness. There's so many different fans. There's the Arnold fans, the Robert E. Howard fans, the Frazetta fans. So it's like, there are big shoes to fill but as an actor, I wanted my imagination and what I was hired for, to build and train to get to this character.

I look forward to seeing that but I want to see mine first. I just got to see a little bit of the 3D today and I was like, absolutely. I was stuned. It was stunning. I'm really excited to see it because I'm like fighting imaginary characters and the next thing you know, I'm like hucking myself into a stairwell. Now theres like a giant lizard, monster, kraken that's doing it. And it looks real! It's gonna be amazing.

Conan The Barbarian directed by Marcus Nispel and starring Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Saïd Taghmaoui is slated for release this August.

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