“Game of Thrones” and “Conan the Barbarian” actor Jason Momoa has revealed that a key reason he didn’t get the role of Drax the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy” was that he back out after auditioning.
Talking about the decision with Zap2It, Momoa revealed he didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a brute:
“I think it’s perfectly cast. Dave [Bautista] 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.
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 Ronan, 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.”
Despite the backing out, Momoa says he’s still open to other comic book roles:
“There’s definitely some, absolutely. I was a huge comic book fan, and I still am. I’m not going to tell you the ones I collect, because then you’d know.”