In Season One of Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa played the towering warlord Khal Drogo—the chief of a Dothraki khalasar who weds a young Daenerys Targaryen. His is a lasting presence throughout the entirety of the series, even though Drogo dies at the end of the first season.
And, before he dies, Momoa’s character only speaks a handful of English words throughout the series. In fact, there’s a YouTube compilation of every English word Drogo speaks throughout Game of Thrones. The video is 20 seconds long. Drogo says “no” a couple of times, then says “You are no king … a crown for king” when he ultimately kills Daenerys’s brother Viserys. That’s it! The rest of the season, Momoa is speaking Dothraki.
And it was hard for Momoa to shake that very popular image that Game of Thrones created of the actor. As Rachel Syme writes in Esquire‘s November cover story of Momoa:
Of course, now Momoa has fully escaped that thanks to the massively popular Aquaman and the upcoming Apple series See. But you have to admit, Momoa did play a pretty damn convincing non-English speaker if he managed to make all of Hollywood think he really only spoke Dothraki.
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