Jason Momoa made quite the impression during his recent trip to the Sundance Film Festival promoting his new Sundance Channel show The Red Road.

Momoa Turns Heads At Sundance

Momoa, who already turns heads standing at a reported 6’ 4'', caught the film festival’s attention when he showed up for press dressed in a disheveled suit look with a fedora. Momoa wore a loose, collared shirt under an open pinstriped vest and was photographed with a long, grey coat draped across one shoulder to protective him from the Utah winter.

It’s a far cry from how fans are used to seeing him, especially those who know Momoa from his role in Game of Thrones. Momoa played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones’ first season and appeared on the show with long hair, made up eyes and not wearing much else.

'The Red Road'

Though he appeared scruffy at the festival, in the show, The Red Road, Momoa is much more clean-shaven. In the show, Momoa stars as Phillip Kopus, an ex-con and member of the Rampo Mountain Indians tribe who returns home after six years behind bars. Phillip returns home and finds himself struggling to keep the peace between his tribe community and the local New York town. (The tribe is inspired by a real Native American tribe that is not recognized by the US Government in the state of New York.) To do so, he forms an unlikely alliance with Sheriff Harold Jensen, played by Martin Henderson, who is also dealing with personal problems with his wife (Julianne Nicholson).

At Sundance, Momoa spoke about the show’s importance, and noted that he felt playing a Native American character was “extremely important." The role presented Momoa with a new challenge as an actor, something he was more than excited about facing. Momoa’s most successful roles have previously consisted of sci-fi or fantasy shows, such as Game of Thrones and Stargate: Atlantis.

“Fantasy and sci-fi is fun, and there are no limitations in those worlds. But when this came along, like Drogo, I knew this was for me. There’s a lot in my personal life that I want to explore, and I wasn’t raised as this guy… This is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” Momoa revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The Red Road premieres on the Sundance Channel on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. and will also feature Momoa's wife, Lisa Bonet.

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