Pedro Pascal is the top-billed actor in “The Mandalorian” and his character always wears an armor and a mask that is never removed or taken off in the series. Apparently, the actor isn’t always the person inside the suit and armor as director Bryce Dallas Howard recently revealed.
Speaking with Vulture, Howard said that when she directed the fourth episode “Sanctuary,” Pascal wasn’t even on the set. Instead, two doubles or stand-ins named Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder take over the costume.
“[Pascal] was in rehearsals for King Lear on Broadway. And so, while we were doing my episode, I wasn’t working with Pedro,” Howard revealed.
Wayne, however, said this doesn’t mean Pascal isn’t pulling his weight on the set of “The Mandalorian.” On the contrary, the actor frequently collaborates with Wayne so that they could coordinate 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,” Wayne revealed. “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.”
The grandson of legendary actor John Wayne, the stand-in has worked on “The Mandalorian” since the first episode. He is also contracted to be in the second season.
Howard also defended the reason for having someone else actually wearing the armor and not just Pascal. She compared the experience to her character in the Jurassic World franchise.
“When I play Claire, there’s the Claire who’s a great driver, and then there’s the Claire who’s a really great runner, and then there’s the Claire who can, you know, get dropped off something.”
Howard said that the voice of “The Mandalorian” is 100 percent Pascal’s recording. The actor does the recording after the episodes are filmed.
The real appeal of “The Mandalorian” is actually in his mysterious characterization that it’s hard to say for sure who is inside the armor and the mask.
“The Mandalorian” season 1 is currently streaming on Disney+.