Who knew that Jason Momoa could channel his inner New Zealand warrior so perfectly for an audition? The 35-year-old actor was apparently selected for the coveted role as Khal Drogo on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, based on an intense dance normally performed as a traditional ancestral war cry or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. The war haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but now it could also land you impressive roles on HBO. The Haka is popular in New Zealand sports since 1905, with participants performing the war dance before international matches. The audition tape uploaded in 2012 features Momoa performing the famous dance. The video is apparently the callback audition for the role as Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones”.

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Video: Jason Momoa's Haka Audition Dance Sealed His ‘Game of Thrones’ Role

Video: Jason Momoa’s Haka Audition Dance Sealed His ‘Game of Thrones’ Role (via YouTube)