Pedro Pascal believes being “a passenger” on blockbuster series like The Last Of Us and The Mandalorian has been an incredible experience.
The Hollywood actor said most of the effort that went into the popular programmes was “not on my shoulders” and he was privileged to “make the contributions that I can do”.
Pascal co-stars with Bella Ramsey in the upcoming HBO zombie thriller, and is set to reprise his role as the eponymous helmeted hero in season three of Disney’s Star Wars spinoff.
He lauded showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni for continuing to “outdo themselves” at the Los Angeles premiere of The Mandalorian season three on Tuesday.
“A lot of work goes into creating these concerts, and a lot of that work isn’t on my shoulders,” he told the PA news agency.
“So it’s a fantastic experience to be a passenger in that aspect and make the contributions that I can make.
“It’s incredible to be a part of a programme like this that works as well as it does – people have been waiting a long time for season three.”
When asked about The Mandalorian’s distinct appeal, he continued, “I think what’s so wonderful about the Mandalorian, in particular, is that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and all the individuals they’ve brought in… and the passion that goes into it is reflected in its admirers.
“That’s the ultimate thing to make it as revered as it is, and they keep outdoing themselves. It’s almost incredible.”
The exploits of bounty hunter Djin Djarin will continue around the cosmos in the third season of The Mandalorian, and he will be reunited with fan favourite Grogu, nicknamed Baby Yoda.
As their voyage across the galaxy continues, the two will meet old friends and create new adversaries. Carl Weathers, Amy Sedaris, Emily Swallow, Katee Sackhoff, and Giancarlo Esposito will all return. Esposito, who plays the wicked Moff Gideon, described the programme as “whimsical (and) extremely mystical”.
“Jon Favreau has very cleverly given space for your imagination, for you to dream within the dream, for you to conceive what may happen,” he told PA.
“It is a space that is level and balanced and you’re falling in love with each character that you meet – and that’s what has revolutionised this specific series.
“It’s not simply explosions and big events that grab your attention… It’s about relationships and journeys, and that’s where The Mandalorian shines.”