AceShowbiz - Marcus Nispel "always stood by the decision" to cast Jason Momoa in the title role of "Conan the Barbarian" back in 2011. After the former "Baywatch" star, 43, said the fantasy film "sucked," the 59-year-old director spoke out.
"As a filmmaker in this system you are a dog on many leashes. Trying to get Conan done under those circumstances was the worst experience that I had and I was as unhappy with the result," said Marcus.
"I am happy though that none of this got in the way of Jason's career path…I always stood by the decision to make Conan with him."
The acclaimed moviemaker - who is also known for his 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - went on to explain that it was a "pleasure" to give the "Aquaman" actor his first leading role and joked that he paved the way for him to star in "Game of Thrones".
He told PEOPLE, "My friend John Milius once said, 'There is always a sense of defeat in every victory.' In regards to having had the pleasure and privilege of having given Jason his first leading part, I say, 'There can also be a sense of victory in a defeat.' "
Marcus' comments come just days after Jason described the movie - which was a remake of the 1982 hit starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - as having been "turned into a big pile of s***."
He said, "I've been a part of a lot of things that really sucked, and movies where it's out of your hands. 'Conan' was one of them. It's one of the best experiences I had and it was taken over and turned into a big pile of s***."