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Jason Momoa explains why he turned down the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy

February 26th, 2014 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

So we all know that Jason Momoa was up for the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, many reports had him as the frontrunner before the role eventually went to Dave Bautista.

 Well now speaking with Zap2it at a lunch promoting his new Sundance Channel drama The Red Road he reveals that he turned down the role and why:

“I think it’s perfectly cast. Dave is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct ‘Road to Paloma’ so people could see that side.”

He goes on more about not wanting the role:

“I want my children to see their father happy. It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on Stargate: Atlantis for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

Momoa did go on to praise the legendary outlaw Star-Lord, leading man Chris Pratt, who read with him during his audition:

“One of the funnest auditions I’ve ever done in my life was with him. He’s phenomenal. He’s going to kill it. It’s going to be amazing. It’s a whole Han Solo vibe. It’s going to be a phenomenal movie. I’m glad that he is the lead of that. He’s funny as hell, man. He can improv; he just acts circles around me. It was really, really fantastic.”

But when asked if there are some other comic book superheroes he’d like to play in the future:

“There’s definitely some, absolutely. I was a huge comic book fan, and I still am. I’m not going to tell you the ones I collect, because then you’d know.”

Source: Zap2it via ( Superhero Movie News)

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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool

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