The one panel I planned on attending, even if I had to throw people out of the way to go to was the Conan the Barbarian Spotlight panel at 10am on Sunday. The reason I was dying to attend this panel was for Jason Momoa. I was worried I wouldn't get in because every single panel was packed and in some instances, you had to wait in line for over an hour. For that reason I didn't get to go to any other panels this weekend.
I was lucky enough to score a press pass. If you have a press pass you're allowed in the convention center at 8am instead of 10am for the public. I got there at 8:30am and went right in. At 9am they let people line up for the Conan panel, but surprisingly, there was no line and you could go into the room and find a seat. I scored a seat in the second row! I also was able to save three seats for Marnie (Absorbed in a Book blog), her sister Megan and Stacey Agdern. And so I waited with bated breath. I was perhaps a foot away from the table where the panelists sat.
At 10am, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowen and Jason Momoa walk in. Jason calls out,"here we are", or "Jason Momoa is here" (I can't remember because I was dumbstruck) and we all applaud. Since there was no moderator, they would have to swing it. I called out to Jason that he should be the MC. He smiled at me.
They opened the floor for questions and guess who asks the first question? Me!
Jason motions to me and says, "The beautiful lady in the second row has a question." I almost fell to the floor in a pile of gooey mush, but stayed calm and in control and asked:
What's been your favorite role to play and what would be your dream role to play?
Favorite Role: Khalar Zym from the new Conan the Barbarian movie.
Dream Role: Theodore Roosevelt.
Favorite Role: Paige Matthews from the TV show Charmed.
Dream Role: Would like to do a Jazz period piece or play Scarlett O'Hara
Favorite Role: Conan.
Hardest Role to play: Khal Drago
Dream Role: A Braveheart hero set in Hawaii. He would love to do a movie about his people and his native Hawaii.
Then more question were asked. Here are the highlights:
Favorite Comic Books/Characters:
Stephen: Thor, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Captain America
Rose: She doesn't have a favorite comic book, but wishes she could play one.
Jason: Wild Cats and Spawn.
If they could work with any actor, who would it be?
Stephen: Kate Winslet. He also would have loved to work with Marlon Brando. Actually he said Brando and Jason teased him about it, saying he's dead and good luck with that.
Rose: Russell Crowe or Julianne Moore.
Jason: Daniel Day Lewis or Gary Oldman.
The one character they played they would have over for dinner?
Stephen: Khalar Zym or Stonewall Jackson
Rose: Paige Matthews
Jason: Conan. He also said the one character he's played he would never have over is Drago, because Drago would bend him over the dinner table and do his thing. (If you've seen Game of Thrones, you know what he means). The crowd was in hysterics over that.
The actor they're starstruck over?
Stephen: Gene Hackman. He also has worked with Lucielle Ball and Dustin Hoffman and couldn't stop raving about both, especially Lucielle who he said had beautiful blue eyes.
Rose: She acted with Peter O'Toole and kept in contact with him and his family. He once said to her, let's start a scandal together.
Jason: Rose and Stephen.
What advice would you give to your younger self as they start their journey into acting?
Stephen: He wouldn't say anything because if he did, it would be a butterfly effect and he wouldn't be where he is now if he didn't take the roles offered.
Rose: Get an education first. Very important.
Jason: He would have taken more serious roles, perhaps taken acting classes like at the Actors Studio. Someone from the crowd said he loved him in Baywatch and Jason blushed. He joked how he didn't want to talk about that and Rose said it was a way to pay the bills.
Other interesting tidbits...
There has been many rumors about Rose playing Red Sonja in the remake. She says she would love to but can't because she broke a certain bone and if she does a stunt wrong, she could end up paralyzed and won't take the chance.
He's dying to do a romantic comedy because he thinks he's "funny as fuck" (he was extremely hilarious at the panel, so I say, GIVE THIS MAN A ROMANTIC COMEDY). He's tired of frowning in his movies and he wants to make a movie his children can watch.
Jason won the role of Drago by doing the Haka, a sacred native Hawaiian dance that's usually reserved for weddings and funerals. Someone asked him to do it but he said it's too sacred to do for fun. Jason had to learn the Dothraki language by listening to a CD that sounded like a cross between German and Arabic. He did not have a fun time learning Dothraki.
A man stood up and said his girlfriend, who was sitting next to him, would love him forever if Jason could say "you are my sun and the stars" in Dothraki. Jason did in his Khal Drago voice and everyone in the room swooned.
Jason would love to do more film making. He did write a script for a Conan sequel, but since it didn't do well, the sequel won't get made. Right now he's filming a movie that takes place on a Native America Reservation that he wrote the script for and is directing. Its a drama and a road movie (think Jack Kerouac). From what I gathered, the movie is about a Native America woman who is raped on the reservation by an outsider. Since any crimes on a Native America reservation still must be taken up in federal court, it could take years for the trial to start and the criminal to be brought to justice. Someone close to the rape victim, probably a male character would kill the rapist and would be in the lam, thus the comment about the road movie.
Jason hates horses. He doesn't mind petting them, but he has this vision of riding on one and it falls on him and he dies. Then he couldn't be there for his children. He was, shall we say a bit fearful as Drago at 240lbs riding a horse. So says the King of the Horses.
Loves the fact that Avatar has been remastered and brought back into theaters and doesn't mind if Avatar keeps coming back to the theaters better than before. I've never seen Avatar, but after hearing Stephen speak, I want to see the movie.
All three were very proud of their word in Conan the Barbarian and loved working together. They're all disappointed that they can't do a sequel or there won't be a sequel. Rose thought that even though Conan was a total popcorn movie, Conan had everything to be a success.
They didn't seem too pleased with Comic Con in San Diego. The energy is pretty much the same in NYC. Jason hated San Diego because it was too sunny and bright (ha!) and loves New York. I found this funny because he comes from Hawaii.
Stephen, Rose and Jason were very funny, down to earth and very personal. You could see how much they love their jobs and they were so happy we came to their panel. Whenever anyone would stand and say how much they love their work and them, the three were so grateful.
And then the panel ended. There was a rush up to the table to take pictures. I zoomed up there and took pictures that Stephen, Rose and Jason posed for. And then this was the moment I was waiting for. I called out to Jason and asked if I could shake his hand. He shook my hand!
I SHOOK THE HAND OF THE MOOBS!
I walked away from the table, and as I left the room I tried my best to contain my composure. That didn't last long because the moment I left the room, I had a major squeeing fit.
I came, I saw, I conquered. I did everything I planned to do. I sat in on the Conan panel, I interacted with Jason Momoa and I touched him.
Next up more fun adventures at Comic Con...