Jason Momoa Shuts Down 'Icky' Question About Sexual Violence In 'Game Of Thrones': 'Left A Bad Feeling In My Stomach'
Game of Thrones was without a doubt one of the biggest shows of the last decades, and made huge stars out of Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Jason Momoa.
However, the series depicted a lot of violence, which sparked controversy. The pilot episode includes a scene where Momoa’s character, Khal Drogo, rapes Daenerys Targaryen (Clarke) on their wedding night.
While promoting his upcoming Netflix film Sweet Girl, Momoa was asked a question about his time on GoT and if he had any “regrets” about the sexual violence his character, leader of the Dothraki army, displayed during the hit HBO series. Things eventually turned a little awkward.
"Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style," the 42-year-old actor inititally told the New York Times. "You're playing someone that's like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and it's not a nice thing, and it's what that character was."
He continued, a little agitated by the question, "It's not my job to go, 'Would I not do it?' I've never really been questioned about 'Do you regret playing a role?' We'll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again."
A clearly annoyed Momoa then flippantly responded to the rest of the questions during the interview. When asked about his “vision” for the Aquaman franchise, he firmly responded “No.”
Still frustrated, the Justice League alum let the journalist know that the Game of Thrones question bothered him.
"I wanted to bring something up that left a bad feeling in my stomach," the See star declared. "When you brought up Game of Thrones, you brought up stuff about what's happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that. It just feels icky — putting it upon me to remove something. As if an actor even had the choice to do that."
"We're not really allowed to do anything," he continued. "There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don't get to come in and be like, 'I'm not going do that because this isn't kosher right now and not right in the political climate.' That never happens. So it's a question that feels icky. I just wanted you to know that."
The HBO fantasy drama dominated TV for eight seasons between 2011-2019. Momoa's character tragically died in the first season finale.