Conan Star Describes Himself as "A Little Hippy Kid from Iowa"
03.18.10 by BJSprecher
Paradox Entertainment recently announced the start of production on director Marcus Nispel's as-yet-untitled Conan reboot in Bulgaria, even as cast members continue to be added. Headlining the movie is 30-year-old actor Jason Momoa, stepping into the role that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie career 28 years ago.
Though lacking the muscular girth of "Ah-nuld," Momoa is a physical specimen himself at 6'5" and 225 pounds, amply filling the boots of the barbarian-turned-king created by Robert E. Howard back in 1932. However, in an interview with his hometown newspaper, Momoa called himself a "mama's boy" and admitted that, in real life, he is nothing like the aggressive, blood-letting Cimmerian.
I'm a little hippy kid from Iowa, man. I was no toughie. I spent my fair share of time stuffed in lockers.
Momoa was only two years old when Conan the Barbarian was in theaters and, though he found it to be "amazing," he said that he took most of his inspiration for the role from the original Howard stories.
I did more research with the books [than the movies], to tell you the truth. The original Conan stories are very strong stories.
An official plot synopsis for Conan has not been released yet. However, the cast description for the role of Conan sheds some light on the plot by describing the character as "determined [to] avenge his people's slaughter" as "the last of his tribe." And, while Momoa considers himself an easy-going "hippy kid," he said that he could relate to Conan's quest for vengeance.
… If that happened to my family, I’d do the same.
Conan also stars Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Rachel Nichols, Bob "The Beast" Sapp and Stephen Lang.