‘The Mandalorian’ Star Pedro Pascal Reveals the Physical Challenges of His Costume

by Jeremy Spirogis
Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+

Pedro Pascal has the lead position on The Mandalorian, however Mando’s bounty hunter code requires the actor to stay masked in his signature helmet and armor.  In a latest interview, Pascal revealed the bodily challenges of working within the restrictive costume.

Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+
Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+ | Lucasfilm

Why the Mandalorian by no means takes off his helmet

During the primary season of The Mandalorian, followers had been ready to see Mando take off his helmet and reveal his face. But, because the Armorer (Emily Swallow) reveals in her dialog with him in Episode 3, the bounty hunter follows a strict code that requires him to maintain his face hid.

“When one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalore, he is both hunter and prey,” she says. “How can one be a coward if one chooses this way of life? Have you ever removed you helmet? Has it ever been removed by others?” 

Mando solutions no to each of her questions in regards to the helmet, to which she responds, “This is the way.” Then, in Episode 4, Mando reveals that he does take it off to eat, however by no means in entrance of anybody else. When Cara Dune (Gina Carano) asks him what would occur if he did take it off in entrance of somebody, he tells her he would by no means have the ability to “put it back on again.” 

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Pedro Pascal reveals the bodily challenges of being in costume

Pascal lately joined Joel McHale and Ken Jeong on their Darkest Timeline Podcast. While he couldn’t go into an excessive amount of element about Season 2, The Mandalorian star did admit that placing on Mando’s armor requires quite a lot of thought, however can even really feel immersive.

“Shooting stuff like that is so technical and it can really take a while,” stated Pascal. “To be honest, without giving any of it away, there was more that I did in Season 2. And to basically be able to know, that it’s a gesture of the head, of a posture…you can get right into what you’re doing and believing the world you’re in…a serious kid fantasy playtime kind of thing.”

But Pascal additionally revealed that the constraints of constantly sporting a helmet will be difficult. And he joked about generally feeling like he wants an “MRI.”

“I can’t really see and at times you can’t breathe,” stated Pascal. “And you know, if they want to hear, if they want to catch your dialogue, it’s like one big mic pack that’s right by your skull inside the thing. And when you take it on and off many times in one day, there’s a constant sort of rub.”

“You know there’s a physical aspect of it,” he continued. “And it’s fascinating to be under the kind of physical stress, which I think [for] so many actors that’s a part of it. But to go into such a complete version of that experience, it was challenging.”

Pedro Pascal isn’t the one one below the Mandalorian helmet

On The Mandalorian, Pascal voices the character and performs him in a lot of the present’s scenes. But he isn’t the one one sporting the helmet. Bryce Dallas Howard, who directed Episode 4, admitted that she by no means labored with Pascal on set as a result of there have been truly two stunt doubles  — Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder — that performed Mando for the episode. 

In an interview with Vulture, Wayne revealed that he labored on each episode of the primary season, and also will be in Season 2. The actor additionally defined that he works carefully with Pascal on set to coordinate Mando’s actions.

“We would go back and forth,” stated Wayne. “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.”

Details about Season 2 are scarce. But followers are hoping to lastly see Pascal’s face emerge from below the helmet when The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ in November. 

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