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From Barbarian to Aquaman: Jason Momoa’s meteoric rise despite early setbacks

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Jason Momoa looks back critically on his role in ‘Conan The Barbarian’, a film with a hefty $90 million budget, yet failed at the box office. Despite this, Momoa’s star rose swiftly thereafter.

“It [was] turned into a big pile of s*”**: Jason Momoa’s Turbulent Journey with ‘Conan’

Hollywood’s heartthrob and notable actor Jason Momoa took fans on a rollercoaster ride of emotions when he candidly discussed his experience with the 2011 remake of ‘Conan The Barbarian’. As we delve into Momoa’s reflection on his career trajectory, it’s clear that every path, even those riddled with potholes, can lead to a palace.

Jason Momoa stepping into the sandals of the legendary sword-wielding Conan, a role previously adorned by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, was bound to generate buzz. However, as reported by Deadline, Momoa bluntly stated to British GQ, “I’ve been a part of a lot of things that really sucked… Conan was one of them.” Initial hiccups saw the movie’s stalling at Warner Bros., directorial changes, and a hefty budget of $90 million. The outcome? An unfavorable 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and box office earnings that didn’t match the investment.

Despite the setbacks with ‘Conan’, Jason’s career was far from sinking. Before the dust could settle on the barbarian battlefield, he was racing on horseback across the vast terrains of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ as the indomitable Khal Drogo. And as the saying goes, after a storm comes a calm, and for Momoa, it was more like a tidal wave of success. Transitioning from desert to deep seas, he made a splash as Aquaman in the DC Comics Extended Universe.

The Phoenix Rise of Momoa

Criticism and challenges aside, Momoa’s dedication to his craft is unmissable. While ‘Conan’ might not have been the cinematic glory he hoped for, it was a stepping stone to larger-than-life roles that showcased his undeniable talent and charisma. From being a barbarian to ruling the seven seas, Jason Momoa’s journey proves that even amidst adversity, a star can shine bright.

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