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'Conan' star: 'I'm not imitating Schwarzenegger'

By and Catriona Wightman
Jason Momoa as Conan
Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa has insisted that he is not trying to imitate Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new movie.

The actor, who can currently be seen as Khal Drogo in HBO's Game of Thrones, said that he is taking inspiration from author Robert E. Howard's original stories and the illustrations of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

"A lot of people are like, 'What's it like being in the shoes of Arnold?' but it's not a remake of the 1982 film," Momoa said. "There's just such a bountiful amount of Robert E. Howard stories. So it's taking a couple of Robert E. Howard stories, the same legendary character and throwing him through that."

Of the comparisons to Schwarzenegger, who played the role in Conan the Barbarian and its 1984 follow-up Conan the Destroyer, Momoa added: "Fans of Arnie, unfortunately I'm not Arnie and I'm not going to try to do anything remotely like Arnold. I think what I tried to model myself after was the things I was inspired by, the stories and Frank Frazetta.

"Both my parents are painters and I grew up doing that and being an artist and I saw the Frank Frazetta paintings when I was a boy. They're just badass, you know what I mean? He's got a chick on his leg and he's standing on a bunch of skulls with this sword and he's just ripped. It's cool! I'm a big kid inside."

Momoa explained that he sees the Conan character as an "antihero" who "fights and f**ks and drinks".

"He happens to get into situations where obviously he saves the day and he's a badass but he's also very troubled," the 31-year-old said. "He's this rogue warrior and he's the peak warrior."

Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9pm on HBO in the US and on Mondays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Conan the Barbarian opens in cinemas on August 19.

Watch the teaser trailer for Conan the Barbarian below:

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