Jason Momoa discusses his leading role in sci-fi drama series See
The Game Of Thrones star plays a blind warrior in the dystopian series from Apple
Jason Momoa said his starring role in dystopian drama See is his career highlight so far.
The US actor, best known for playing superhero Aquaman and Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones, stars as a blind warrior in the Apple TV+ sci-fi drama.
The series is set in a distant future where the human race has lost the sense of sight after being ravaged by a virus.
However, Baba Voss – Momoa’s character – is amazed when his wife gives birth to twins who can see.
Momoa, who has also played Conan the Barbarian, said playing Voss has been his favourite role.
Speaking at the show’s premiere in Los Angeles, he told the PA news agency: “It’s amazing, it’s probably one of the most challenging, beautiful… it’s my favourite role to date, so I’m very excited for everyone to see it.”
Momoa, who attended the premiere with wife Lisa Bonet, added: “It’s a world we’ve never seen before and in a world that everything has been done, this is something very new and fresh. I’m just very proud of it, so I’m going to let the piece speak for itself.”
See was created by British writer Steven Knight and also stars Sylvia Hoeks, Alfre Woodard and Hera Hilmar.
To make the show as authentic as possible, producers enlisted the help of a blindness consultant, who gave the actors tips on how to move as if they were actually visually impaired.
Marilee Talkington stars in See as Souter Bax and is legally blind. She praised Apple for included visually impaired actors but said “we are long overdue” for full representation.
She said: “I cannot wait until I see my own people representing those characters across the board.
“And I’ll also say disability cannot be learned. It cannot be taught. It is a moment to moment lived experience – it’s not a costume or a mask. So I look forward to the day when everything is authentically cast.”
It's my favourite role to date, so I'm very excited for everyone to see it Jason Momoa
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