Pedro Pascal has officially confirmed that he solely provides the voice for The Mandalorian, a revelation that left many viewers disappointed but was accompanied by an explanation for why his face was not shown in season 3. Speculation has long surrounded the extent of Pedro Pascal’s presence in Din Djarin‘s armor during the show’s production. Given the action-heavy nature of the Star Wars TV series, much of the physical work has always been carried out by stunt actors, which is made easier by the character’s masked appearance.
During a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pascal acknowledged that his role has gradually shifted towards voiceover rather than physical performance. He attributed this change primarily to the physically demanding requirements of wearing heavy and bulky armor for extended periods.
“There was an extended amount of experimentation, being in the suit for a lot of it, and frankly, my body wasn’t up for the task as far as, like, the four months of it. But I was in it. I was in it a significant amount, an elastic amount (he pretends to tug at his neck, where the suit would chafe). But now we’ve figured it out, which is super cool, and amazingly, it gave me the opportunity to be able to go and do something else.”
While Pedro Pascal’s face was briefly revealed in seasons 1 and 2, it was absent throughout season 3. Furthermore, the storyline dropped a plot involving Din Djarin challenging the cult he was raised in, indicating that his face is unlikely to be seen anytime soon.
Pascal’s reasons for this shift in his role are understandable. He has previously expressed how uncomfortable it is to wear the Mandalorian armor. Lucasfilm, familiar with managing voiceover roles, has figures like Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau who have experience in this domain. Interestingly, Pascal’s situation contrasts with that of his co-star Katee Sackhoff, who provided the voice for Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars animated series and now portrays the character in live-action.
Lucasfilm likely benefits from Pascal’s involvement due to his current prominence in Hollywood. Coordinating schedules is likely easier for a voiceover role, which demands less time. This advantage becomes particularly valuable as Lucasfilm plans to expand The Mandalorian universe into various media platforms and potentially culminate in a highly anticipated event movie rumored to be titled “Heir to the Empire.” Fans can hope to see Pascal’s face on the big screen in the future.
However, despite the understandable reasons behind Pascal’s limited physical presence, viewers may still find it disappointing. This raises questions about who should be credited for portraying the iconic Din Djarin: Pascal or the stunt performers Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder. Moreover, Pascal’s voice-only role renders him ineligible for a Golden Globe, as voice performers are not considered in any acting category.
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