The gift of covering your entire head with a helmet is that anyone can replace you and absolutely no one would notice. Such was the case with Pedro Pascal. As the titular character in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, Pascal is credited as the lead. However, it’s often that body doubles and stand-ins film in Pascal’s place.
That isn’t to say that the actor is never around, though Bryce Dallas Howard did admit to not working with him at all when she directed Episode 4 of The Mandalorian, titled “Sanctuary.” In fact, Pascal was off rehearsing for an entirely different project altogether. King Lear on Broadway, to be exact!
Gasp! Actually no, not really. Let’s face it, The Mandalorian wears a full-face helmet and has a lot of action scenes. The real question is this: Did anyone actually expect Pedro Pascal to be there the whole time? Funnily enough, this little tidbit is so very Star Wars, too. After all, James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader for three movies before his unmasking in Return of the Jedi revealed the face Sebastian Shaw and not Jones. Alas.
So who was doubling as Mando? Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder are listed as Pedro Pascal’s doubles and Bryce Dallas Howard worked with them a lot to “find the moments and figure them out together.” Don’t worry, though, because Pedro Pascal was on set “frequently,” according to Wayne (yes, Brendan Wayne is THE John Wayne’s grandson).
In an interview with Vulture, Brendan Wayne discussed working on The Mandalorian and what it was like working with Pedro Pascal to craft the character’s movements.
“[Pascal] would ask me, and I would ask him the same question, which is, ‘Why did you move like this during that moment?’ We would go back and forth. The great thing about him is he’s not impressed with himself. He’s just an actor. And I mean that in the good way, not the bad way. He likes to learn and he likes to collaborate and he’s very good at it.”
Whatever they’re doing seems to be working and I, for one, am glad that Pascal doesn’t have a big head. It’s the little things. Either way, fans are only really concerned with Baby Yoda (and it’s because nothing else seems to be happening on the show). The Mandalorian is currently available to stream on Disney+.
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