Khal Drogo’s iconic beard is no more.
But it’s for an environmental (and not that dog fur germ-themed study) reason.
The 39-year-old Hawaii-born actor shared footage of himself shearing off his signature bristles to Instagram on Wednesday:
“Goodbye DROGO, AQUAMAN, DECLAN, BABA,” he captioned the post, in reference to the fictional characters he has portrayed while wearing the now-departed beard.
“I’m SHAVING this beast off, It’s time to make a change,” wrote Momoa. “A change for the better ... for my kids, your kids, the world. Let’s make a positive change for the health of our planet.”
The video is a promo for a new range of recyclable canned water, which Momoa has worked on with the Ball Corporation. It is set to hit the shelves in the U.S. later this year, a company spokesperson told HuffPost.
Momoa says later in the clip that he hates going on an airplane with a small plastic water bottle and that “there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle … that’s aluminum.”
The actor’s call for action comes amid growing awareness of the negative impact that plastics, and in particular single-use plastics, are having on the world.
Some 19 billion pounds of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans annually, threatening wildlife, and researchers warn that disturbing tally will double within the next six years if drastic measures are not implemented.
Despite the well-meaning intentions behind Momoa’s new look (which likely also came during filming for his new movie “Dune,”) it was met with a mixed reaction online:
This article has been updated with clarification of Momoa’s involvement with the product.