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Conan the Barbarian makes a comeback

posted 12 Aug 2011, 10:21 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 12 Aug 2011, 10:25 ]
Newcomer Jason Momoa stars in the reboot of the classic film franchise.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Conan the Barbarian gets a fresh start.

The classic character that has existed for nearly 80 years is making a comeback in a new Hollywood film.

Newcomer Jason Momoa takes over the role from Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the wildly successful film franchise in the 80s.

However, Momoa's unconventional childhood prevented him from seeing the movies.

Jason Momoa, actor, saying:

"I actually didn't see it, I grew up with a single mother who, I was raised with like 'Gone With the Wind' and 'Rear Window,' I grew up with painters and artists and, I didn't see it, I wasn't allowed to see it, unfortunately, but I used to read the comics, I loved the books, I loved Frank Frazetta, and that's what I wanted to do."

Director Marcus Nispell says Momoa's work ethic sets him apart from other actors.

Marcus Nispell, director, saying

"When I had my screen-test with Jason, he showed up, and we had like, you know, some armor, and we brought some swords, and he said 'I brought my own,' which doesn't happen a lot."

Rose McGowan plays a powerful witch in the film and says Nipsell creativity helped her get into character.

Rose McGowan, actress, saying:

"It was amazing, Marcus Nispel, the director, created an intense world and the sets were enormous, and my forehead was enormous, and I could kind of do anything I want, I didn't have to color inside the lines as an actor, I just got to play, and you never really get to do that, normally you look kind of like yourself, and there's a lot of people who do that, they play kind of themselves in different forms, and I try not to, and so this was the best part of that."

"Conan the Barbarian" will open in 3-D and 2-D on August 19.

Alicia Powell, Reuters.