Momoa was “disappointed” by the New York Times asking him if he regretted “Game of Thrones”.
Jason Momoa doesn’t like being asked if he regrets playing in “Game of Thrones” scenes involving sexual violence. The actor starred in “Thrones” as Khal Drogo, whose wedding night with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ends in rape in the pilot episode. Author George RR Martin wrote the sex scene as consensual in his book, but showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss edited it for the pilot without telling Martin. The perpetrator said last October that changing the sex scene to rape made the pilot worse off.
As for Momoa, he was recently interviewed by The New York Times about the portrayal of sexual assault in “Thrones.” The journalist asked the actor if he thinks “differently today about these scenes” and if he has “regrets”.
“Well, it was important to represent Drogo and his style,” Momoa replied at first. “You are playing against someone who looks like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and that’s not a good thing, and that’s what that character was. It’s not my job to go, ‘Won’t I do it?’ I was never really asked about “Do you regret playing a role?” We are going to put it this way: I have already done it. Don’t do it again.
After the New York Times interview was over, Momoa returned to the “Thrones” question and told the reporter that it “left a bad feeling in my stomach.”
“When you brought up ‘Game of Thrones’ you brought up what’s going on with my character and would I do it again. I was disappointed when you asked me that,” Momoa said. “C is just disgusting – making me take something off. As if an actor even had a choice to do that. We don’t really have the right to do anything. There are producers, there are screenwriters, there are directors, and you don’t have the right to come and say to yourself, “I’m not going to do this because it’s not kosher right now and not just in the political climate.” It doesn’t. ‘never happens. So that’s a question that seems icky. I just wanted you to know that. “
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a regular on the “Thrones” series, told The Times of London last October that it was “really difficult and degrading” for Emilia Clarke to act in the pilot’s sexual assault scene.