She may be almost entirely unrecognizable, but yes, that is Rose McGowan rocking the porcelain skin, minimal leather outfit and, well, receding hairline in the trailer for Conan the Barbarian. She stars as the evil Marique, a powerful sorceress and the daughter of the ruthless Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), Conan’s (Jason Momoa) archenemy.
With the film’s August 19th release on the horizon, McGowan hit San Diego Comic-Con to help spread the word. She dishes on all of the details including what it took to turn her into the character we see on screen, Marique’s weapon of choice, her daddy issues, as well as a moment between her and Lang that had to be cut from the film, for the fear of pushing a testy issue too far.
Before wrapping up, we revisit the much-discussed possibility of her playing Red Sonja on the big screen. The outlook’s been grim for quite a while and now McGowan 100% confirms it: She will not play Red Sonja. Hear all about that and, of course, McGowan’s experience working on Conan the Barbarian in the video interview below.
Meeting Rose McGowan over the weekend at Comic-Con, she instinctively offered her left hand first. Having injured her other arm weeks ago in the goriest window-related accident I’ve ever heard, she’d flown into San Diego to promote this summer’s Conan the Barbarian, touted as one of the bloodiest action pics of the year. But to hear her tell it, Conan the Barbarian’s got nothing on McGowan’s last few years when it comes to struggle and pain — and yet, she credits the summer swords ‘n’ sorcery pic with changing her mind about quitting Hollywood.
McGowan points to a number of events that brought her to the brink of retirement a few years ago: “Mean directors,” major injuries, family illness. She was to star in updates of Red Sonja and Barbarella, both with former partner Robert Rodriguez, before the pair split and both projects fell apart, one by her choice, the other not. After two years “out of the game,” she took the role of Marique, a half-witch, half-human villainess with a freaky look and an even freakier psyche, in Marcus Nispel’s Conan the Barbarian — and the hard-R fantasy actioner re-ignited something within.
Movieline spoke with McGowan in San Diego about the injuries that led to her pulling out of Red Sonja, the reason why Rodriguez’s Barbarella remake stalled, how playing the witch with seductive claws and serious daddy issues in Conan revived her passion for acting, and why she might yet move to a farm in Italy in the near future.
[McGowan offers her left hand, pointing to her still-injured right forearm] I went through a window.
As previously reported, Rose McGowan was in San Diego this past weekend for the 2011 Comic-Con convention. Rose attended a couple of events in addition to her booth, those being WIRED Cafe and Entertainment Weekly‘s 5th Annual Comic-Con Celebration. She looked gorgeous at both events! For the latter event Rose rocked a strapless denim dress by Isabel Marant. She paired the look with soft side swept curls and bright pink lips.
- Public Events: WIRED Cafe at Comic-Con
- Public Events: Entertainment Weekly’s 5th Annual Comic-Con Celebration
SuperHeroHype.com sat down with Rose McGowan a few days into Comic-Con to learn what she brought to the world of Conan the Barbarian and how working on Planet Terror nearly put her out of the action game for good. Watch the video interview below!
Conan the Barbarian will be among the films that will be featured at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011, held July 21-24. Rose herself will be making an appearance on Saturday. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area – and report back to us!
SATURDAY, JULY 23
- WHAT: Meet Conan star Rose McGowan!
- WHERE: Dark Horse Booth #2615
- WHEN: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Source: Conan Movie Blog (click for further details!)