Jason Momoa shut down an interviewer who asked him if he had any regrets over playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.

In an interview with the New York Times, the 42-year-old was asked about a scene in the pilot episode where his character rapes Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

The reporter asked: “Do you think differently today about those scenes? Would you do one now? Do you have any regrets? Those types of scenes can seem as if they belong to an older cultural moment.”

The Aquaman star responded, saying: “Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style.

“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: “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.”

 

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It’s fair to say that the question soured the rest of the interview, with Momoa responding to one question with an abrupt “no”.

At the end of the interview, Momoa brought up the sexual assault question again, saying that it left ” a bad feeling in [his] stomach.”

He added: “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.

“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 reporter responded: “Yeah, well, thanks again.”

 

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Speakon on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast in 2019, Clarke spoke candidly about how Momoa always looked out for her on set.

She said: “He took care of me, he really did, in an environment where I didn’t know I needed to be taken care of,

“It’s only now that I realize how fortunate I was with that because that could have gone many, many, many different ways.”

She added: “Jason had experience, he had done a bunch of stuff before coming on to this.

“He was like, ‘Sweetie, this is how it’s meant to be and this is how it’s not meant to be, and I’m going to make sure that’s the way it goes.’ He was so kind and considerate, and cared about me as a human being.”

The 42-year-old celebrated his birthday over the weekend.

 

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Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “Happy last day of 41. BEST FRIEND @brianandrewmendoza made it happen. 42 here we go craziest year to date. all ALOHA to you and yours J.”

Momoa posted the message alongside a photo of him sporting a Hawaiian shirt from his Harley Davidson line.

He added: “PS I can’t believe I have my own Harley line,” Momoa continued. “f—— awesome. mahalo, @harleydavidson Harley aloha shirt. dedicated to my grandmother. MABEL. chhheeeehuuuuuuuu.”

Filming for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has wrapped, with James Wan’s highly-anticipated sequel slated for release on December 16, 2022.

Aquaman is the highest-grossing movie ever in the DC Extended Universe, topping $1 billion at the box office.

Do you think Momoa was right to take offence at the reporter’s question?