By Kate Ward
July 22, 2011 at 10:23 PM EDT

It’s not easy to be a barbarian. Stopping by EW’s VIP lounge at Comic-Con one month ahead of Aug. 19’s Conan the Barbarian release, stars Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, and Rachel Nichols chatted with EW’s Tim Stack about their training schedule. On most days, Momoa had to train for five or six hours. But, he told EW, he didn’t feel like he had to compete with a certain former governor who played Conan the Barbarian back in 1982. “When I read Conan, I don’t see him as this huge bodybuilder,” he said. “You know, he’s a product of his environment … He’s a big cat. He’s a lion.” After the jump, see EW’s interview with the Conan cast, during which they talk about how the film differs from the Arnold Schwarzenegger-headlined original.

Read more: Entertainment Geekly‘s 2011 Comic-Con coverage

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