The Top 5 Jason Momoa Roles

As a young man without a beard, Jason Momoa made his acting debut in 1999 on the television show Baywatch: Hawaii. The Aquaman star, who was born in Hawaii, had to try out for numerous parts before he landed the role of Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. The actor who is best known for his roles as a brute and a swordsman is ready to make his comedic debut in the enchanting family film Slumberland, available on Netflix.

As such, now is an excellent time to reflect on a television and film career that has benefited as much from Momoa's off-screen charisma as it has from his extensive time spent in the gym. Inspiring and uplifting indigenous communities around the world may be Momoa's most admirable use of his fame. Even when the movies are bad, Momoa gives audiences plenty to root for in his characters.  

Jason Momoa in Conan the Barbarian

The term "memorable" is often used interchangeably with the term "good," despite In an effort to cash in on the success of Game of Thrones, and more specifically of Joffrey Baratheon as Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen's beloved husband, this epic failure was produced. Putting Jason Momoa in the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed like a natural fit on paper, but the film ended up being a dreary, confusing mess marred by poor acting and even worse computer-generated imagery.  

It's humorous to think that Ron Perlman could be Jason Momoa's father in a fantasy world, and we liked him well enough in Game of Thrones to follow him almost anywhere.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Momoas: Almost Unwatchable

Jason Momoa in Stargate Atlantis

8. Stargate - Atlantis (2005)

Even before he became a household name on HBO's Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa was turning heads at conventions thanks to his role as the Satedan warrior Ronon Dex on Syfy's Stargate: Atlantis. Commercials for Stargate: Atlantis promised a hot, tough new member of the expedition, leaving the fresh-faced lifeguard look on the Baywatch set. Syfy clearly knew what they were doing.  

Ronon's tragic backstory of fleeing the creepy Wraith was plagiarized from Anti-Hero 101, but we spent much more time with the long-haired, knife-fighting bad boy than we did with Khal Drogo.  

Vin Diesel in Pitch Black got three out of five Momoas because he had to walk so Ronan Dex could competently rip off Pitch Black.   

Jason Momoa in The Red Road

The Red Road, No. 7 (2014 ).

If you're a fan of Jason Momoa's Instagram, you know that he loves to teach people about the Hawaiian ways of his Ohana and share his culture with the world. Momoa's exploits offer teachable moments about tattoos, traditional dress (such as the malo), and other Pacific Island traditions (such as the Maori haka dance, which Momoa famously performed in his audition for Game of Thrones), all of which are sadly underrepresented in mainstream media. On the other hand, the actor devotes a significant portion of his time to indigenously developed works.  

The Red Road was a dark and tense drama that followed the lives of an unrecognized First Nations tribe in the remote Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey, their struggles with the local government, and a mysterious disappearance. Momoa plays the villainous tribal leader Philip, who has a genuine affection for his people. Other outstanding native actors include Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Reservation Dogs) as the tribal chief.  

With only three Momoas out of five, I say: Cancelled way too soon.

Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Justice League

Zack Snyder's vision for Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry wasn't fully realized until the James Wan-helmed Aquaman film was released in theaters and on home video. The dude-bro swagger that Momoa brought to that reimagining of the character (and which was a definite upgrade over the fratty bonehead he played in the theatrical version of Justice League) was greatly appreciated, but it's nice to see what could've been here as well.

Zack Snyder's Aquaman in Justice League is (surprise!) darker and nastier than previous portrayals of the character in media or canon. However, if we're being completely honest, no physique is better suited for Snyder's demigod barbarian he-man schtick than Momoa's. My man

He faces down the hurricane in slow motion, earning 3.5 Momoas for his bravery. Where is the dislike?

Jason Momoa in The Bad Batch

5 Bad Apples (2016 )

In The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour, director of such HBO prestige dramas as Little Fires Everywhere and The White Lotus, creates a post-apocalyptic mess that is both delightfully unhinged and uneven. Cannibal cult leader Miami Man, played by Jason Momoa, is having an existential crisis. Keanu Reeves portrays a different cult leader, Diego Luna in Andor, and Jim Carrey plays The Hermit, so keep an eye out for their antics as well. Suki Waterhouse's female road warrior Arlen steals the show, but Momoa makes an unforgettable entrance and injects some humanity into a truly despicable character.  

Even if they don't get it, fans of Fallout and Mad Max: Fury Road won't want to miss this.  

Three and a half Momoas: an elegant, baffling arthouse attempt with fabulous costumes

Jason Momoa in Dune

4. Dune (2021)

Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa), who protects Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) from his own idiocy, is a smoldering presence in the film. Momoa's decision to work with Denis Villeneuve was a good one; the director brings out the best in the actor, who, while still playing a total badass in his warrior role, shows signs of maturity and weariness.

Duncan Idaho? Four out of five Momoas: I think we should have mentioned that.

Jason Momoa in The Road to Paloma

Three (2014)'s Road to Paloma

In addition to acting, Jason Momoa also writes, directs, and produces. On Road to Paloma, he made his directorial debut. Native American outlaw Wolf, played by Momoa, is on the run from the FBI after killing the man who raped his mother. In this contemporary thriller, he and his companion Cash ride motorcycles across the American Southwest, and there is a lot of sex, violence, and long stretches of Momoa staring at mountains. Even though it's fairly formulaic, the film's mostly indigenous cast delivers excellent performances that give it a fresh take on the postmodern Western genre.

With four out of five Momoas, I give his Easy Rider remake credit where credit is due.

Amber Heard as Mera and Jason Momoa as Arthur in Aquaman

(2) Aquaman (2018 )

Although Momoa's role as Aquaman is essentially another warrior, this time he is the star of a major studio blockbuster. For a true Hollywood A-lister, this is the pinnacle of success.

When Arthur Curry first appeared in Justice League in 2017, he was part of a larger cast, but it had always been the intention to give this gruff but good-hearted loner a movie that focused solely on him, complete with breathtaking Atlantic Ocean vistas. Aquaman's underwater kingdom adds a unique vibrancy to the DC universe, even if he'll never be as cool as Batman.  

We give Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom 4.5 Momoas and look forward to seeing them in theaters next year.

Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

1 GoT (season 1), 2011

For the record, Jason Momoa became famous worldwide thanks to his portrayal of Khal Drogo. The Dothraki warlord's favorite thing in the world was his Khaleesi, played by Emilia Clarke, and he loved grunting, fighting, and fucking his way across the Great Grass Sea for her. Who knew that the slashing and stabbing of the master of battle and horses masked such a soft interior? As for his mother, he would have raped and pillaged all of Westeros to ensure that his son ascended to the Iron Throne.  

In his one season, Khal Drogo inspired a thousand cosplays with his uncut hair, guy-liner, and chest; his widow never got over the loss, and neither did Game of Thrones viewers.  

Momoa gets five stars because he is an unbeatable icon. Blame the bacterial infection that killed Drogo before he could become the first Dothraki dragonrider on you.

Jason Momoa in Slumberland

Slumberland (2022) deserves special mention for its outstanding performance.

We haven't seen this one yet, but it's cool It's not like he's shirtless and busting a move. His shirt is unbuttoned, but he is smiling broadly.  

Two and a half Momoas: Laughter is attractive, too. In addition, he appears to be enjoying himself To his credit, he managed to

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