“Can I grab a photo?”

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It’s the com­mon re­quest for any ac­tor who’s man­aged to play more than a Christ­mas panto at Birmingham’s Hip­po­drome. For Ja­son Momoa, it’s a de­mand that of­ten comes wrapped in a wish for some­thing more. “[Some fans] like it if I grab them by the throats or pre­tend I’m go­ing to punch them in the face or act like they’re chok­ing me out,” the man poised to bring Aqua­man to land has said. That Momoa has an ex­treme, and, given his hulk­ing size (6ft 4 and built like a Red­wood on roids), brave, fan base, is thanks to Game of Thrones, specif­i­cally, fear­some war­rior leader Khal Drago. Prior to this the Iowan-raised Hawai­ian had surfed his looks to some du­bi­ous mod­el­ling work and an even­tual role on the washedup Bay­watch Hawaii (the small screen re­boot that failed be­fore this year’s failed cin­e­matic re­hash). Phys­i­cal­ity’s been cen­tral to the 37-year-old’s rise – his is a rugged mas­culin­ity en­twined with that of fron­tier woods­man. He keeps “tom­a­hawks, throw­ing knives and old black-bear furs. There’s skulls, weapons ev­ery­where” in his LA ‘man-cave’, and he holds a gen­uine em­brace of the out­doors – a fond­ness for surf­ing and skate­board­ing along­side hik­ing and archery. It’s rock climb­ing, though, which gives him the most. “It’s made me face my fears and doubts… prob­lem solve through move­ment… [With rock climb­ing] I found bal­ance and I found my pas­sion.” Etched on the other side of this equa­tion is some­thing more al­lur­ing – Momoa med­i­tates, has stud­ied Bud­dhist teach­ings in Ti­bet and is said to have a thing for paint­ing with pas­tels. Check his In­sta­gram ac­count (@pride­of­gyp­sies) and you’ll also find a doting, do­mes­ti­cated dad to the two kids he has with wife (and peren­ni­ally al­lur­ing ac­tress) Lisa Bonet. “I al­ways wanted to be a fa­ther, but never in my life did I ever think I would be an ac­tor,” he’s claimed. “With [my kids], my dreams fi­nally came true; I’m a fa­ther, I found my place, my home.” Nice.

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