‘The Mandalorian’: Carl Weathers Once ‘Had to Call Cut’ Because Brendan Wayne Was So Much Like His Grandfather John Wayne
On The Mandalorian, Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga. Weathers appeared in both seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+. Din Djarin, the main character on the show, is played by Pedro Pascal. Brendan Wayne is one of the show’s body doubles for Din. In an interview with Vulture, Brendan Wayne shared that Weathers once “had to call cut” because Brendan Wayne was acting so much like his grandfather John Wayne.
Brendan Wayne works with Carl Weathers quite a bit on ‘The Mandalorian’
While filming the first season of The Mandalorian, Pascal was also in multiple projects, meaning Brendan Wayne and other body doubles spend time in Din’s suit when Pascal could not make it to set.
Because of this, Brendan Wayne worked with Weathers on The Mandalorian, which proved to be a highlight for the actor.
In an interview with Vulture, Brendan Wayne shared:
“Carl Weathers is an idol of mine and I got to meet him, and, at one point, I have to run up into the ship chasing him, and he gets the drop on me from behind. And they didn’t like the way I was going up into the ship, and I was like, ‘Guys, I’m going up the ship and I can’t see the ramp until I’m on it, and it’s pretty much pointing straight up.’ So it’s not easy. But they’re like, ‘Yeah, but we need you to have your swagger.’ And then Carl said, ‘How would your grandfather do it?’ And I was like, ‘You know, he’d lead with his shoulder — he always led with his shoulder,’ and then Carl said, “G****** it then. Lead with your shoulder and stop thinking about it.’ And I thought, Oh my God, Carl Weathers just channeled my grandfather. And sure enough, I did it and they were like, ‘That was perfect. Excellent! Moving on!’ And I looked at Carl and he could not stop laughing.”
Why Carl Weathers called cut in ‘The Mandalorian’
One day while filming a scene in season 1 of The Mandalorian, Weathers ended up having “to call cut” after seeing Brendan Wayne act out a scene.
“Also, we were working on the scene where all the Mandos come to save me after I’ve stolen the baby, and I say to Carl something along the lines of, ‘Here’s the deal: I’m going to take the kid, I’m going to get on the ship, and I’m going to get out of here — and you’re going to let me,'” Brendan Wayne told Vulture.
He continued, “And Carl literally had to call cut, and he looks at me and he just starts laughing, saying, ‘If there was ever any question whether you’re John Wayne’s grandson or not, that just alleviated it.'”
Brendan Wayne influenced the physicality of Din Djarin
Speaking with Vulture, Brendan Wayne shared that the walk fans see on The Mandalorian was influenced by him, no matter who is acting in the suit.
“The funny thing is, I think it was harder for him, because they really wanted a certain walk that came natural to me. And so Pedro had to ask me certain questions, because I guess they would say, ‘Talk to Brendan and see what he says,'” Brendan Wayne told Vulture.
He continued, “Almost all of [the doubles], they had to come watch me walk — I think there were four at the end of it. And I did a lot of work to be able to walk like I did in the sand and not look like a drunk sailor.”
The first two seasons of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney+.