Jason Momoa says his wife Lisa Bonet loved the scar and it certainly helped him land acting roles that he wasn't getting earlier.
Jason Momoa is one of the hottest hunks in Hollywood, and has shown he can pull off any look or role with consummate ease.
Apart from the fact that he looks like a Greek god, it's the unmistakable scar on his eyebrow that defines his intense look. While we've become accustomed to seeing him with the scar, and possibly assume it was from one of his childhood adventures, that is not the case. He got the scar a little after he started his acting career but what's even wilder is the story of how he got it. Momoa ended up getting into a fight and was left with a scar. The Game of Thrones actor opened up about the incident in 2011, reported Express. “It was crazy,” said Momoa, recalling the incident.
Momoa had gotten into an altercation with the man at Bird Cafe in Hollywood. “A guy smashed a pint glass in my face. I got a little over 140 stitches in my face,” said the actor, adding that he was forced to get reconstructive surgery. The incident happened in November 2008, prior to landing his major movie roles. Dominic Bando, the man who assaulted the actor suffered four injuries to his hand and required 15 stitches. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon but he pled not guilty. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Bando claimed it was part of a "gang initiation." James Blatt, Bando's attorney, said there was a disagreement on how the fight came about. "In every bar fight, there's a minimum of two or three explanations about the events, and this is no exception," said Blatt.
Speaking about his permanent scar, Momoa said, "It just doesn’t grow there anymore.” The actor said, “I got my wife beforehand, so… if she doesn’t like it, too bad. She likes it.” It proved to be a blessing in disguise as he shook his "pretty boy" image and helped him land action movies. "I got called 'pretty boy' my whole life," said Momoa, reported New York Post. "If anything, it’s like, 'Good.’ It’s not my thing now." He actually admitted to trying to disfigure his face to quit his pretty-boy image. He asked a friend to sock him in the face, and they responded without skipping a beat. “My buddy just did it right away, damn it,” said Momoa, reported Chicago Sun Times. “After it was over, I said ‘Dude, didn’t you want to think about it for a minute?’ But we’re guys and he said, ‘You don’t have to ask me twice. Done deal.’” Bando certainly did him a favor and set him on his way.
The actor spoke about how his role as Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones paved way for more roles. "People were like, 'Oh, we love Jason,' but still didn’t know what to do with me," he recalled about the time before the hit series. After getting his first movie break, he had to keep it secret for 3-4 years. Zack Snyder called him in to audition for Batman but instead ended up casting him as Aquaman. "I did the audition, and I played it like if Batman was this vagrant, kind of a hustler. I knew they weren’t going to cast me, so I thought I might as well just do something fun. I did that and it was exactly what Zack wanted for Arthur Curry, Aquaman’s alter ego," he told New York Times. "The good news is you’re Aquaman," Snyder told him, before adding, "The bad news is no one is going to know for the next three to four years.”
Cover image source: Jason Momoa, Getty Images | Photos by Jeff Spicer