Despite what CNN, Huffington Post, GQ and many others will tell you, Jason Momoa’s audition tape for “Game of Thrones” is NOT an impressive piece of work. He is doing the Haka, a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.
According to his bio, Jason Momoa is an American, born in Hawaii, raised in Iowa. His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, while his mother is German, Irish, and Native American ancestry. No, he is not “honoring” his ancestry by doing the Haka.
But go on, take a look at what many have described as “the tape that proves he’s the perfect Khal Drogo”:
No. That tape doesn’t prove anything except that he saw someone else do the Haka and thought it would be a good idea to do that for his audition reel. And despite what you may have read or heard, Momoa is NOT “so great at the Haka”.
If you want to see people doing a great Haka, check out the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team do it. As they have been doing it. For many years, before each of their games:
Or even better, book a trip to New Zealand and see the real deal. You are welcome, Haka fans.