August 26, 2011

Years after Charmed folded, Rose McGowan is at it again as a witch. As an evil one, she goes head to head against the strapping beef that is Jason Momoa in Conan the Barbarian.

In a recent interview for the new Conan movie, McGowan revealed that the role of Marique was supposed to be male. Either way, the character has sorcery and necromancy dancing in its veins, its mother and warlord-father skilled in them respectively.

Magic aside, Marique is a force to reckon with in hand-to-hand combat. Don't fall for those harmless-looking metal claws. Their soft, slithering movements belie their deadliness, with which even the ferociously barbarian Conan had a hard time.

With her balding hair and dominatrix outfit, Marique could not be more “punk rock,” in McGowan’s words. To achieve Marique’s look, Rose had to fold her hair back and wear prosthetics to cover half her head. Originally the movie producers wanted for Rose to just shave her hair and eyebrows instead of wearing prosthetics but Rose refused—unless they gave her $5 million.

Of course this is not the first time McGowan played an evil witch. In an episode of Charmed, she was the Enchantress, a past incarnation of Charmed One Paige Matthews.

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  1. Smart girl, she made it win win. Get 5 million for a terrible hairdo or not have to get it done. Imagine growiing out that hairdo. Not fun.

  2. Yup, definitely inconvenient. Although those millions could buy her the best wigs, extensions, etc. in town