“Game of Thrones” started the acting careers of actors like Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, but almost ruined that of Jason Momoa.
The actor, who played Khal Drogo on the show for a season, told The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, that after his character was killed off in 2012, it was difficult for him to get an audition.
This happened because a lot of people thought he couldn’t speak English Language – Khal Drogo spoke Dothraki on the show.
“Not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was very challenging. What do you do with Drogo? Like you’re not going to put him in a comedy. He is pigeonholed, you know?” the actor explained.
“I was bummed out. And then I met Fred Armisen [comedian], and he goes ‘I didn’t even know you spoke English’ — it was heartbreaking. That’s why I wasn’t getting any jobs!”
After a period of unemployment, Momoa got a call that changed his life: It was from “Justice League” director, Zack Snyder.
“It was funny because I had no idea what I was even playing. He just called me in. I had an audition for Batman. Obviously, Ben Affleck was cast.
I was like, ‘I’m just basically gonna be the bad guy. I’m gonna fight Batman and Superman. I’m gonna play the villain.’ And he’s like, ‘Wait, no. Aquaman!’”
After making his debut as the character in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016, he reprised the role in the 2017 “Justice League” movie.