Momoa worked on Baywatch Hawaii from 1999 up to 2001. Once it was over, he had caught the acting bug and started racking up appearances in other things. Some, like Stargate Atlantis, were good and boosted his profile. Others, though, were bad. His 2004 movie Johnson Family Vacation, for instance, was completely destroyed by critics.
While still working on Stargate: Atlantis, Momoa gained his now-famous facial scar. The circumstances were exactly as badass as you’d expect – he got it in a bar fight. A man threw a glass in his face, leading Momoa to get 140 stitches in hospital. His attacker was sentenced to five years in prison for the incident.