I’m fairly certain that Game of Thrones man-mountain Jason Mamoa’s pecks have their own SAG card, but the actor has revealed that he is, essentially, bored with the kind of roles that ask him to half disrobe and say few words.
In a new interview with Zap2It (and if you click that hyperlink, by golly, you can) Mamoa goes into detail about his push against typecasting and how it led to him turning down a chance to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy.
And I quote!
“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…. 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 Ronon, 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.”
Sick burn on Dave Bautista, brosef, maybe you two need to settle things AT WRESTLEMANIA! Or not, but you can’t deny that Dave Bautista is a sapling (that joke would have been awesome if he was playing Groot) in the acting game; unless you count the WWE, which you should because if dousing yourself in baby oil, wearing a speedo, and pantomiming nut slaps on a roped off stage isn’t thespianing, then what is it?
Jason Mamoa, on the other hand, has been at this for awhile and he’s looking to branch out (again with the Groot humor), because if he doesn’t, he’ll find himself playing Thug #1’s before too long. Look at Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. If I could coin a phrase, they’re what I like to call “tall drinks of water”, but they have the ability to play against type, especially Johnson, who’s super-sized personality has allowed him to find success in action comedies and even family comedies.
I imagine that when Jason Mamoa goes to bed at night in a comically small race car bed (it’s my imagination) he dreams of emulating those actors and even Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Yes, Stallone did Cobra and Rambo, but he also did Rocky and Cop Land, which doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves. He also did Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, which get more crap than they deserve. For Schwarzenegger, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, and Jingle All The Way showed that he could do more than kick ass in the Terminator and Predator while Junior showed us that there is evil in the world and we must both respect and fear its return.
The point to all of this is that Jason Mamoa is right and a bit ballsy for turning down this opportunity. I hope it pays off for him and that he opens people’s eyes with his upcoming directorial debut, Road to Paloma, and that he gets to put down some roots (Groot hat trick!) with his upcoming Sundance Channel series, Red Road, where he is remarkably clothed and chatty.
What say you Bastard readers? Was Jason Mamoa smart to turn down a chance to be in Guardians of the Galaxy? Take your opinions and hold them tight within your minds, for I am a seer of thoughts and even now, I know what you are thinking!