PE­DRO PAS­CAL

IS TAK­ING OVER THE GALAXY…

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The Man­dalo­rian is burn­ing brighter than the sun.

Ihave the cliché ‘strug­gling ac­tor’ story,” says Chilean-Amer­i­can Pe­dro Pas­cal. “I was wait­ing ta­bles in New York, went out to LA soon af­ter grad­u­a­tion to get some jobs, but it didn’t work out. I wanted to cut my teeth in pro­fes­sional the­atre, so I came back to New York…”

Cue two decades as a job­bing ac­tor un­til, star­ing 40 in face, Pas­cal ap­peared as Prince Oberyn Martell in seven episodes of Sea­son 4 of Game Of Thrones. Fight­ing and for­ni­cat­ing, he stole the sea­son. Next, he bat­tled Colom­bian drug car­tels as real-life field op­er­a­tive Javier Peña in Net­flix se­ries Nar­cos, co-starred with Matt Da­mon’s pony­tail in The Great Wall, and showed plenty of root for his toot as US agent Whiskey in Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle.

Yet just a cou­ple of years ago, the driver of a limou­sine sent to pick Pas­cal up from an air­port mis­took him for a home­less man; his lug­gage was bat­tered from two years of ric­o­chet­ing be­tween far-flung lo­ca­tions, and he was “wear­ing com­fort­able clothes to travel”. That will not be hap­pen­ing any more, for the 43-year-old is part of an ex­cep­tional ensem­ble in Barry Jenk­ins’ fol­low-up to Moon­light, If Beale Street Could Talk, and has three stel­lar projects pipelined: J.C. Chan­dor’s drug-lord thriller Triple Fron­tier, along­side Char­lie Hun­nam, Ben Af­fleck and Os­car Isaac; Patty Jenk­ins’ Won­der Woman 1984; and the lead role in spin-off Star Wars se­ries The Man­dalo­rian.

This last, be­ing made for Dis­ney’s new stream­ing ser­vice, is shrouded in se­crecy, though we know Pas­cal will play “a lone gun­fighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the author­ity of the New Repub­lic”. And given Boba Fett wore Man­dalo­rian ar­mour, ex­pect cool cos­tumes. So, Pas­cal is poised to be a star. Just don’t ex­pect his head to swell. “I was born in Chile and was al­ready al­most two when I came to the States,” he says. “There’s some­thing to that. It’s just rude if you’re not re­spect­ful, be­cause you’re a guest. Also, don’t draw too much at­ten­tion to your­self. And you have more to prove…” He’s go­ing about that last one with aplomb.

ETA | 8 FE­BRU­ARY / IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK OpEnS nEXT MOnTH. TRIpLE FROn­TIER AnD THE MAn­DALO­RIAn WILL OpEn LATER In 2019. WOn­DER WOMAn 1984 OpEnS In 2020.

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