The Mandalorian and Wonder Woman 1984 actor Pedro Pascal recently responded to rumors that he had become disgruntled and difficult on the set of The Mandalorian because he was having to wear a helmet.
Those rumors came from scooper and YouTuber Grace Randolph back in September during her The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer reaction video.
In the video, Randolph claimed, “While filming Season 2 Pedro Pascal really wanted to have some scenes with his helmet off.”
However, she noted, “The Mandalorian creative team wouldn’t budge on this.”
She then detailed, “So Pedro Pascal, from what I’ve heard from two sources now, was frustrated about this and also was pretty darn uncomfortable in the Mando suit on set. So, he became difficult.”
“And the final straw through, even though he was difficult to be around on set, the final straw was that he went to Lucasfilm, from what I’ve heard from my sources, to try and get them to intervene on his behalf,” she continued.
She would later add, “So, when Pedro Pascal went to Lucasfilm, the Mando team was like, ‘You know what, you should just go.’ And Pedro Pascal did. And that happened halfway through filming.”
Randolph went on to describe Pascal’s exist as “pretty bad with both sides upset.”
In a recent interview, Pascal was asked if he wanted to have his helmet off in future Mandalorian episodes.
The actor responded, “No. That is not true, actually. It’s a really wonderful way of telling the story. It’s always been a clear creed for the character and the collaborative process for the whole thing… We’ve all been on the same page with this I think.”
He then stated, “What I want is for them to make the best show possible however they get that done.”
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Randolph responded to Pascal’s interview writing on Twitter, “My report, which I stand by, was in support of Pascal. And he handled this question as a pro.”
She added, “It’s a business. People said Whedon was great to work w/ on Justice League when it came out to protect the film. I just hope Star Wars treats Pascal like the asset he is going forward.”
What I found interesting about Pascal’s response is that he refers to Din Djarin, The Mandalorian, keeping his helmet on as a “clear creed.”
However, that creed has been routinely thrown out the window throughout both The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2.
For example, in Season 1 Pascal’s Din Djarin breaks his Mandalorian creed when he goes to negotiate with the Jawas, who had stripped and stolen parts from his ship, the Razorcrest.
Pascal’s character caught the Jawas in the act and proceeded to disintegrate a number of them, but was unable to defeat all of them. Upon his defeat he seeks out Kuiil, who offers to negotiate on his behalf.
However, in order to even get to the negotiating table, Kuiil tells Djarin that he must drop his rifle. Djarin responds, “I’m a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion.”
Kuill tells him, “Then you are not getting your parts back.” The Mandalorian then easily succumbs and breaks his creed by disarming himself. And it isn’t just the rifle. He removes his blaster as well.
Then in the most recent episode of Season 2, he clearly breaks his own creed and removes his helmet in order to access an Imperial terminal to find the coordinates to Moff Gideon’s Star Destroyer, where Baby Yoda aka Grogu is being held.
So, it’s quite strange for Pascal to indicate that the character has always had a “clear creed,” when the show has made it clear his creed is in word only and he doesn’t actually practice it when it’s really put to the test.