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By Mily Dec 07, 2017 Gallery Jason Momoa 0 Comments

Jason Momoa was interviewd by Men’s Health and talked about his routine to keep in shape. Jason also is in the Men’s Health December issue and you can check out the scans on our gallery as well the photoshoot.

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Glad for a few hours off from shooting Aquaman, Jason Momoa is shirtless and polishing off a bowl of chicken and peanut butter. A superhero physique requires that he ration his carbs to even enjoy Guinness. But as he’s quick to tell you, being Aquaman has its perks too.

The meal over, the Hawaii-born actor, 38, stands beneath a custom-built indoor rock climbing wall that plays an integral role in his workout routine. In short order, he’s excitedly leading a tour of a man cave that has become an important refuge during his six months of filming here on Australia’s Gold Coast. Between filming commitments, this cavernous space offers the extensive gym and weight training machines Momoa needs in order to maintain his muscular, 230-odd-pound frame.

Of even greater interest to Momoa than lifting heavy objects, though, are the musical instruments set up in a far corner of the space. “Look at this thing, man!” he says, strapping on a Fender bass. “This thing is so fuckin’ badass!” He plugs in, flicks on an amplifier, and gives a groovy demonstration of his new creative outlet. Using his thumb and fingers against four strings, Momoa plays in a pop-and-slap style that’d sound at home on a vintage Red Hot Chili Peppers record. “There’s a bunch of stuff I want to learn. Instead of waiting around on set all day, I’d rather be learning something cool.”

The photographer approaches for a few candid shots, and Momoa rolls his eyes. “We’ll do it later,” Momoa says to him. “Let me get a shirt on.” To me, he says, “That’s all they want—me with my shirt off!” He laughs, plays a few more notes, gets lost in the music, and then reconsiders. “Ah, fuck it. You can take one. Momoa continues with the funky technique and then switches to a more intricate piece. “I just started learning this,” he says, eyes on the fretboard. “I just can’t sit still, man. There’s too much shit I want to do.”

Momoa’s interest in the bass arose because his costar, Patrick Wilson, who plays Aquaman’s half brother, Ocean Master, is “awesome on the drums.” Momoa wanted to play along. He’d already picked up slide guitar on the set of the sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis, in which he appeared in 78 episodes between 2005 and 2009. The actor has come a long way since then—in his musical ability as well as in his acting career and cultural footprint. He sets the bass aside and picks up another instrument near the drum kit. “This is my Aquaman guitar, dude,” he says. “I saved a lot of money so I could get this thing.”

Momoa cradles it, a beauty modeled on the battle-worn 1959 Gibson Les Paul played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. “There’s only a hundred of these in the world. I have number nine,” he says, admiring the gift he gave himself for earning the role in Aquaman, a film reportedly budgeted at $160 million and scheduled for release at the end of 2018. Before then, he’ll appear in fellow DC film Justice League, due out in November. With a hearty laugh, he says, “I told my wife: one woman, lots of toys!”

Momoa’s wife, the actress Lisa Bonet, and their two kids, ages 8 and 10, recently returned home to California after two and a half months on the Gold Coast. (The kids were going back at school.) “I really can’t tell you what the hell I was doing before I had kids,” he says, walking back toward the middle of the man cave and sitting cross-legged on a carpet of Astroturf. “Just fucking off. Wasting time. I think I was pretty reckless and definitely a bit out of control. Now I’m more focused. I probably love myself more and take care of myself more because I want to stick around.”

The way Momoa sees it, he has just five more summers with his children before he’s no longer a central figure in their lives. “When I was 15, I was out of the house; I was gone,” he says. “Right now I’m just Papa,” he says, smiling.

Raised in Norwalk, Iowa, Momoa was the only child of a single mother, Coni. Momoa’s uncle Craig—his mom’s brother—was the main male figure in his life. “He was kind of like my dad growing up, because my dad was in Hawaii,” he says. “Craig was an all-around amazing man. He took care of his family, he was kind, he was strong, he was really funny. He was definitely the man I looked up to.”

Though he’s mostly known for his roles in front of the camera—notably as the fearsome Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones—Momoa hungers to tell his own stories too. One of his many ideas includes gathering some of his best friends and fellow fathers “and just talking about being a good dad,” he says. “Sometimes you don’t learn it from your parents. You learn it from your best friends,” he says. “Instead of just, ‘This is what a man’s supposed to be’ and all the bullshit stuff out there, you can make something really positive. The truth is we’re all searching. We’re all looking for guidance, for mentors, and I’m by no means someone to follow.”

This is one of the aspects of being famous that freaks Momoa out: When strangers stop him to tell him they look up to him, he finds himself cringing. “I’m a degenerate too, you know?” he says. “I have my ups and my downs like anyone. All I can do is be me.”

Sometimes he can be a little unfiltered. On a Comic-Con panel with his GoT costars back in 2011, he joked about Drogo being free to cut out tongues and “rape beautiful women” with impunity. He apologized when footage of the incident surfaced online and caused a stir last month.

Momoa hopes to be known as a kolohe, a Hawaiian word that means “rascal, fun, misfit,” he says. “But I want to be remembered as, I hope, an amazing husband and a great father. My kids are my greatest piece of art. If I can pump them full of amazing stuff and surround them with beautiful art and music, then I’m going to live out my life watching them. They’re already way smarter and just way better than me.” He shakes his head in disbelief. “God, I love it,” he says. “It’s beautiful. I want it to be the greatest thing I ever do: make good humans.”

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