The last few years have been productive ones for Native Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa; he's become a force on TV with roles in Game of Thrones and The Red Road, and his film credits include Conan and Bullet to the Head. In 2014 he emerged as an auteur with his movie Road to Paloma and inked a four-picture deal to play Aquaman in superhero flicks.
And then there's Wolves, the horror movie starring Momoa that was released while his various other projects were grabbing headlines. In Wolves, a film the strapping 6'4" Momoa repeatedly described as "fun," he plays a werewolf hungry for humans. Wolves officially premiered in November, and is currently available on demand; the DVD comes out January 20. Momoa took a few moments to discuss the movie with ICTMN.
How would you describe this film?
I play a guy named Connor, and it's just a fun and campy movie. I just wanted to do something like this. It has these Beetlejuice moments that are fun popcorn moments. My son's name is Wolf and I told him I was going to play a werewolf.
I also wanted to experience prosthetics, which I never want to do again -- knock on wood. There was about five hours of putting on prosthetics -- someday my kid will be able see this.
How did you audition for this? Did you howl?
I didn't have to audition, the part was offered to me so that helped. I'm basically like [my Game of Thrones character] Drogo in a wolf suit.
It seems like there is a lot of X-Men influence in this film.
David Hayter [screenwriter for X-Men and X-Men 2] wrote this film. It is his directional debut. I was really excited to work with him.
We’ve come a long way since Stagecoach and John Wayne films -- Dances with Wolves is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary -- do you feel you, as an Indigenous actor, have more options today?
Indigenous people are starting to make a name for themselves. It is really great to be a part of this. This industry is still very black and white.
If a role like Drogo comes up, I can say "Hey, I'm your guy." But now it's great to be a part of this contemporary piece.
What's to come in the future?
There is another Native story I'm going to direct called “Enemy in the Valley” which is a true story piece that takes place in 1890s. It is a beautiful story of love and family. It's very much like Last of The Mohicans and Braveheart.