Actor says he was not taken seriously...
Andrea Trachsel

14:32 18th August 2011

Conan The Barbarian actor Jason Momoa has revealed he found it hard to find work after Baywatch.

The actor recently admitted he wasn't taken seriously after he played the role of Jason Ioane for two years in Baywatch and as a result struggled to find other film roles.

However, Momoa, who also starred on hit sci-fi television series Stargate Atlantis, said he was still grateful for his part in Baywatch.

He told Movieline: "I love that it got me into acting, because I was 19 when I got it and it's now 13 years later."

"I love that it gave me the opportunity to fall in love with acting, but it also really, really hurt me, being on it. Just because it's Baywatch, people don't think you can act. I'm constantly fighting that stigma."

The actor explained it took him a few years to prove himself, and went on to praise Stargate Atlantis.

"It took me four or five years just to get an agent," he added. "I couldn't get a job afterwards. No-one would take me seriously. So I went, 'Screw them' - I went to school, trained, I travelled the world and finally got in there a little bit."

"Then Stargate Atlantis was very great to me. I loved Stargate, and I had fantastic crews and cast. It was like getting paid to go to school. It set me up to play Conan."

Directed by Marcus Nispel, Conan The Barbarian is a reboot of the 80's franchise and will see Jason Momoa star as warrior Conan. Other cast members will include Rachel Nichols, Stephen Land and Rose McGowan.

Conan The Barbarian will be released August 26.

Hollywood Remakes

  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Not many people know this, but the Humphrey Bogart classic was the third Hollywood attempt at bringing Dashiell Hammet's novel to life. However, the first two were relative duds, but in true Hollywood spirit, third time proved to be a charm. Not only the finest remake ever made, but one of the greatest movies to ever grave a cinema.

  • Pyscho (1998) - Gus van Sant thought he could top Alfred Hitchcock. He couldn't. Why he ever embarked on this particular ego trip is beyond anyone.

  • The Fly (1986) - A remake of the 1958 B-film classic, this version, starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, manages to surpass what was already an excellent film.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - Tim Burton has remade two cult classics, and managed to do little justice to either. Because we loved the original Gene Wilder film, and cared little for Charlton Heston even at the best of times, we have decided to immortalise this dead duck of a film as opposed to Burton's other desecration, Planet of the Apes.

  • The Maginificent Seven (1960) - In truth, it might not be quite as good as Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, but it comes very close; and seeing as how Seven Samurai was such an incredible movie, The Magnificent Seven still stands as one of the best Westerns ever made.

  • Godzilla (1998) - It's been thirteen years since Hollywood decided to make a mockery of Japanese cinema, and we still haven't got over it. Matthew Broderick, what were you thinking?

  • The Birdcage (1996) - Hollywood gets French cinema right. A wonderful romp throughout, even if Gene Hackman in drag gives you sleepless nights. And talking of sleepless nights...

  • The Ring (2002) - Hollywood gets Japanese cinema wrong. Everything that was good about the original movie, the subtlety, the psychological terror, Sadako ruining the sight of Japanese girls in white dresses for all time for one particularly good friend of ours, gets thrown out of the window once the Americans get hold of it. Loud, proud, and in your face - the only scary thing about this re-make is that it ever dared get made in the first place. Hollywood can get the balance between US and Japanese horror right - see Dark Water - but they eviscerated this movie. Watch the Japanese version instead. It's brilliant.

  • True Lies (1994) - One of the last great Arnie action movies, True Lies was a remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!, but with Art Malik replacing the original's comedy sequences. The most expensive movie ever made at the time, we're also convinced this was also James Cameron's last decent film (because we all know Titanic and Avatar both sucked really).

  • The Wicker Man (2006) - How to do a rubbish remake of a rubbish movie. The original Wicker Man, from 1973 and starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and a very naked Britt Ekland, may be considered a cult classic, but so is Plan 9 From Outer Space, and that's the worst film ever made.

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