May 19, 2022

Jason Momoa’s interview with David Marchese of The New York Times soured after the actor was asked if he regretted portraying a sexual assault scene during his time on “Game of Thrones.”

The scene in question is from the premiere episode of “Game of Thrones,” in which an arranged marriage between Momoa’s Khal Drogo and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen culminates in a brutal rape sequence.

When asked if he regretted the scene or thought “differently today about those sequences,” Momoa responded, “Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style. You’re playing someone that’s like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and it’s not a nice thing, and it’s what that character was. It’s not my job to go, ‘Would I not do it?'”

He continued, “I’ve never really been questioned about ‘Do you regret playing a role?’ We’ll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again.”

Momoa, on the other hand, began to disengage from the interview following this question, providing mostly brief, closed responses to Marchese’s subsequent questions. When asked if he was “able to articulate” his vision for the “Aquaman” franchise, which he leads, Momoa said: “No.”

Later in the interview, Marchese asked Momoa if he had any particularly fond memories from his time touring the world in the 1990s, to which Momoa said, “Not really for you. Or for the world.”

Marchese attempted to conclude the conversation shortly afterward when Momoa interjected and chastised his prior question regarding “Game of Thrones.”

“I wanted to bring something up that left a bad feeling in my stomach,” he began. “When you brought up ‘Game of Thrones,’ you brought up stuff about what’s happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that.”

“It just feels icky — putting it upon me to remove something. As if an actor even had the choice to do that. We’re not really allowed to do anything. There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don’t get to come in and be like, ‘I’m not going do that because this isn’t kosher right now and not right in the political climate.’ That never happens. So it’s a question that feels icky. I just wanted you to know that.”

The New York Times and Momoa did not reply promptly to Insider’s request for additional comment.