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People Are Stunned To Learn That 'Game Of Thrones' Star Jason Momoa Speaks English

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People Are Stunned To Learn That 'Game Of Thrones' Star Jason Momoa Speaks English

Fans of Game of Thrones will remember Khal Drogo, though until recently they might not have been overly familiar with the name Jason Momoa.

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During his time on the show in season one, Momoa spoke the constructed, fictional Dothraki language throughout, as he played Khal Drogo, the Dothraki warlord who forces Daenerys Targaryen to marry him before an odd plot twist which sees her develop Stockholm Syndrome.

The language was created by Game of Thrones author George R R Martin before being adapted for screen by David J. Peterson who incorporated elements of Turkish, Russian, Estonian, Inuktitut and Swahili

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As a result, many fans were of the belief that Momoa didn't speak English. However, the actor is in fact American and was born on Honolulu, in Hawaii, much like former US president Barack Obama (yup, he was).

Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

The 38-year-old is about to appear on the big screen as Aquaman, but revealed on the Jimmy Fallon show (watch the video at the top of the article), where he was appearing to discuss his new show, Netflix original series Frontier, that he has struggled to pick up parts since Game of Thrones, with many producers, directors and casting agents taking it as fact that he wasn't an English speaker.

However, he has many credits in English-speaking roles to his name (which makes sense, as he speaks English) including Baywatch: Hawaii and Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding, which are almost certainly both very good.

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Aquaman is currently in post production and was shot in Australia and Canada with a budget of $160million. Momoa stars alongside Amber Heard as undersea warrior Mera, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson.

Though the production company has been tight-lipped about details, it's presumed that most of the actors speak English in the film. However, industry insiders say Dafoe insisted on a 40-minute monologue in Medieval Norse, which will be released in a special director's cut boxset in 2020.

None of that is true, but it's a fab idea and if they go ahead with it I want a cut.

Featured Image Credit: Aquaman

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Jason Momoa, Aquaman, Game of Thrones

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