JASON MOMOA travelled around Ireland in a van whilst filming the first season of ‘Game of Thrones’ because he was “too broke to fly home”.
The 39-year-old actor – who played Khal Drogo in the hit HBO fantasy series – shared a picture of himself laying inside the back of the rented van on Instagram, and revealed he and his best friend went “searching for the greatest pint of Guinness” in Ireland, only to find they were “perfect” everywhere they went.
The Hawaiian star also admitted it’s been “a long road” to success and that it’s the “simplest moments” he remembers the most from his time in Ireland, and he promised to share some more “gold” throwback pictures.
Jason wrote: “So homesick. Looking through my phone I found this. Off the road some quiet parking lot in donegal. It was an amazing simple moment with my best friend @captainriff While filming GOT we had a lil break
“We were so broke to fly home so we rented a panel van aka UHAUL in Belfast and drove around beautiful amazing IRELAND searching for the greatest pint of Guinness.
“Turns out it’s perfect everywhere. So many wonderful people and stories I treasure those times It was the simplest moments I remember the most. I still miss my family. Been a long road and I feel like I’m just getting started. On the roam Needs to go home. Ps ill ask Brian for more pics he’s got the gold. Aloha j. (sic)”
It was recently revealed that the ‘Aquaman’ star hospitalised ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunner David Benioff on set.
During the filming, Jason was challenged to “the slap game” by David, and it didn’t go too well for the show’s co-creator.
He recalled: “Jason was one of our favourite people ever on the show, and very strong. And that’s not TV makeup – in real life, he’s just a big, strong dude.
“So, I’m looking at Momoa and Momoa’s talking about beating someone at the slap game. I was like, ‘I’ll take you at the slap game.’ I was like, ‘I’m going to challenge the Khal, because if I beat the Khal, I am the Khal.'”
Jason returned to the role of Drogo after dying for a dream sequence with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen and the behind-the-scenes battle gripped the cast and grew.
David laughed: “I looked in Momoa’s eyes, I saw no mercy there. But I wouldn’t quit, because, you know, I had my pride. I had my dumb pride.”
His hands “doubled in size” by the next morning, and when he got back home to his wife Amanda Peet in Los Angeles, she sent him straight to the hospital.
He added: “Her diagnosis was that Jason Momoa had squished my hands … So, it just goes to show, don’t challenge the Khal.”
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