• Jason Momoa took issue with a question about the sexual violence in "Game of Thrones" in a recent interview
  • Momoa said the question "left a bad feeling in my stomach"
  • The "Aquaman" star shared that actors usually don't get to question what the script says on the set

Jason Momoa did not hide his displeasure about being asked a question that he found "icky."

Momoa spoke to The New York Times reporter David Marchese in an interview published Friday. However, he appeared to shut down after he was asked about the controversial "Game of Thrones" scene where his character, brutal warlord Khal Drogo, sexually assaults Emilia Clarke's character, Daenerys Targaryen, and whether the actor had any regrets about doing the scene.

"Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style," Momoa replied. "You're playing someone that's like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and it's not a nice thing, and it's what that character was."

He continued, "It's not my job to go, 'Would I not do it?' I've never really been questioned about 'Do you regret playing a role?' We'll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again."

After this, Momoa's responses to questions about other projects became shorter. But as the journalist wrapped up the chat, Momoa explained how he really felt about the question about the “Game of Thrones” scene, which was featured in the show's April 2011 pilot episode.

According to the "Aquaman" star, it "left a bad feeling in my stomach."

"When you brought up 'Game of Thrones,' you brought up stuff about what’s happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that," Momoa said. "It just feels icky -- putting it upon me to remove something. As if an actor even had the choice to do that."

Momoa went on to say that actors are "not really allowed to do anything."

"There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don't get to come in and be like, 'I'm not going do that because this isn't kosher right now and not right in the political climate.' That never happens. So it's a question that feels icky. I just wanted you to know that," he added.

The reporter simply replied, "Yeah, well, thanks again."

Momoa's performance as Khal Drogo was highly praised and largely considered his breakthrough role, even though it only lasted one season until his character's death.

Meanwhile, Clarke, who was 23 when she began filming the HBO series, previously credited Momoa for helping her emerge from the first "Game of Thrones" season unscathed.

"He took care of me in an environment where I didn’t know I needed to be taken care of," Clarke said in a 2019 interview with Dax Shepard on his podcast "Armchair Expert." "Jason was an experienced actor who had done a bunch of stuff before coming onto Game of Thrones. He said, ‘This is how it’s meant to be and how it’s not meant to be. I’m going to make sure that’s not the case.’ So he was always like, 'Can we get her a robe? She's shivering!'"

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Jason Momoa no longer has a beard. He is pictured at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic