Jason Momoa says he wants to do more comedic roles, but ‘nobody will hire me for it’

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  • Jason Momoa appeared on the December 2020 cover of Men's Health and said that he wants to branch out and do more comedic roles, but "so far nobody will hire me for it."
  • The actor said that he's open to playing the "romantic-comedy lead, the nerdy best friend, anything."
  • Momoa is best known for his more action-oriented roles, like Khal Drogo on "Game of Thrones" and Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe.
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Jason Momoa says he's open to taking on comedic roles, but those offers aren't being sent to him.

"Romantic-comedy lead, the nerdy best friend, anything," Momoa said in a cover story for the December 2020 issue of Men's Health. "I would love to do it, but so far nobody will hire me for it."

Momoa is perhaps best known for his action-oriented, physically demanding roles, like Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on season one of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (a part that skyrocketed him to worldwide fame) or comic-book character Aquaman/Arthur Curry in the DC Extended Universe.

The latter role, at least, has been proven to be a mix of physicality and one-liners that allow Momoa to flex his comedic abilities.  

In past interviews, he's opened up about struggling to land roles at various points in his career, whether he was a rising actor or an A-lister.

Jason Momoa in "Aquaman" and in "Game of Thrones."
Warner Bros. and HBO

After portraying Jason Ioane on "Baywatch" from 1999 to 2001 (which also happened to be his first acting job ever), Momoa told Esquire that he "couldn't get an agent to save my life."  

"I fell in love with the art of acting," he told the magazine in 2019. "But no one took me seriously. 'Baywatch' isn't known for its… quality of acting."

Even after gaining recognition for his "GoT" role Momoa felt pigeonholed, struggled to find work, and found himself in debt. 

"I'm not known for my acting," he told Esquire. "I'm known for action. I don't say a lot of things or use big sentences." 

The actor also told Jimmy Fallon that part of the reason he struggled to book roles after "GoT" was because "not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was challenging."

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