Rose McGowan talks Barbarella and Conan The Barbarian

Total Film recently caught up with Rose McGowan, who told us all about Conan The Barbarian and her stalled Barbarella reboot.

On her frightful Conan character, half-woman, half-witch Marique, she said: “I think she’s quite majestic… She is a bit startling at first but I think she’s quite beautiful in her own way.”

Comparing her co-star Jason Momoa to original Conan Arnold Schwarzenegger, McGowan told us: “Arnold is very muscular, but Jason is a beautiful man. His muscles are very different – of the non-steroidal variety.

“If you go back and watch the Schwarzenegger one, he can barely pass his sword from one hand to the other, because he’s so bulky.”

When we asked her about the stalled reboot of ‘60s sci-fi Barbarella , in which she was set to star, she stated: “It was a pity. I have a test that we did that would blow people’s minds. I took the flak. I never announced why.

“I never said why. I took all the hits of [ people ] saying, ‘She couldn’t raise the money.’ But there was $80m in Germany, but Robert [ Rodriguez ] didn’t want to shoot there and I had serious family stuff.”

So, could the project ever be resurrected? “Probably not… I’m with somebody British [ financier Rob Adams ] now.”

Conan The Barbarian opens on 26 August 2011.

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