Bryce Dallas Howard is about to burst your bubble. That guy you’ve been watching every week on ‘The Mandalorian’? That’s not Pedro Pascal. It turns out that Pascal just provides the voice. There are two body doubles that are usually inhabiting the Beskar armor– Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder.
Howard directed the fourth episode of ‘The Mandalorian’, “Sanctuary,” and in an interview with Vulture, she revealed that she at no point worked with Pascal.
“He was in rehearsals for King Lear on Broadway. And so, while we were doing my episode, I wasn’t working with Pedro.”
According to Howard, she mainly worked with Wayne.
“[Wayne] absolutely just brought everything to that character, and we were able to find the moments and figure them out together.”
Wayne is credited as having worked on every episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 1 and is confirmed to be returning for Season 2.
Wayne is the grandson of the legendary John Wayne and has been acting for almost two decades, having appeared in films such as ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘Hotel for Dogs’, ‘Fast & Furious’, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, and TV shows including ‘Angel’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Closer’, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’, and ‘The Mentalist’. In 2015, he recurred on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’.
But Pascal does collaborate with his doubles. As Wayne says:
“[Pascal] would ask me, and I would ask him the same question, which is, ‘Why did you move like this during that moment?’ We would go back and forth. The great thing about him is he’s not impressed with himself. He’s just an actor. And I mean that in the good way, not the bad way. He likes to learn and he likes to collaborate and he’s very good at it.”
It may seem disheartening to learn that Pascal isn’t actually the one in the armor, but keep in mind, one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, who also happens to be from ‘Star Wars’, Darth Vader, was also “played” by two people– David Prowse in the suit, with a voice provided by James Earl Jones.
How do you feel? Does this ruin ‘The Mandalorian’ for you? Or does it matter at all?