Why Pedro Pascal ‘Died Inside’ When He First Met Jon Favreau

Actor Pedro Pascal received a call informing him that John Favreau wanted to talk to him about something Star Wars. Of course, his answer was “absolutely.”

A Star Wars fan from an early age, Pascal went out to meet Favreau at his studio in Buena Vista. He described the studio as being “wall-to-wall everything Star Wars.”

The actor admitted he literally “died inside” when he met Favreau. 

Pedro Pascal’s career

Pedro Pascal onstage
Pedro Pascal | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal was born in 1975 in Santiago, Chile. His parents were opposed to Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, and moved the family to the US when Pedro was little. He grew up in Orange County, California, and San Antonio, Texas. He attended Orange County School of the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before beginning an acting career in 1996. 

Pascal has extensive stage and television experience. He appeared off-Broadway in Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing and on-Broadway in King Lear. On television, he starred in Good vs. Evil, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Good Wife, among many others.

He is best known for his roles as Oberyn Martell in the HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, and Javier Pena in the Netflix crime series Narcos.

Meeting Jon Favreau

When Pascal got the call that Jon Favreau wanted to meet with him, he assumed the creator and showrunner of The Mandalorian wanted to talk to him about playing the bounty hunter character, Boba Fett.

When he asked Favreau what did he want him to play and would he have to audition, Pascal was met with a confused look. Favreau pointed to the incredible silhouette of the Mandalorian and said to him, “You’re the Mandalorian.”

At that point, Pascal said, he sort of died inside; of joy. Star Wars was a high presence in his childhood, with all the stories and all the toys. To now be in Star Wars was a dream. “It’s kind of weird,” he said.

Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian

Disney’s The Mandalorian is the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. Events of the series take place five years after the Return of the Jedi and 25 years before The Force Awakens. Mandalorians are warriors who are also skilled trackers. The main character played by Pascal is a mysterious lone bounty hunter in the vein of Boba Fett who belongs to the Bounty Hunter’s Guild. His face is unreadable beneath the shield of his T-visored mask.

 In The Mandalorian, The Empire has fallen. Outlaws make their own rules to live by with little interference.

“There’s no central government in the galaxy,” Jon Favreau said. “It degrades into a world where gunfighters are roaming and people are fighting for their own safety.”

Preparing for the role

To get into character, Pascal said he was inspired by Clint Eastwood in Man with no Name. This fusion of Western bravado and Samurai mythos combines to create a gunslinger who can shoot a stormtrooper in the neck without breaking his stride or even turning his head.

“You get to put the helmet on and let your imagination run wild,” Pascal told Good Morning America.