The third episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian aired today, this time shifting the focus from the directors and creatives to the cast.
Keeping with the same format as the previous two episodes, this one really revolved around a roundtable discussion with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni along with the three main stars of the show: Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin/The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Carl Weathers (Greef Karga). The episode gave time to all three of them, talking about joining the project, their experiences, and plenty of stories.
Part of what made the episode very enjoyable was the abundance of humorous stories that were shared around the table. For instance, remember that scene where we finally see Din Djarin’s face, and Pedro Pascal is all bloodied under the mask? While wearing all that makeup he literally injured himself bad enough that he had to go to the hospital to get stitches on his nose – so you couldn’t tell what blood was real and what was fake!
Or another story, this time about Carl Weathers. The original plan was for his character to die in the third episode, and for his character to be an alien. Obviously both of those things changed, and the latter change was made because they realized they couldn’t have Carl Weathers and not show his face – and when told, Weathers responded that he figured as much.
Or the story told by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau about early testing and how they ran into difficulties and it wasn’t quite good enough and they just found themselves looking at each other wondering if it had been this big mistake to put their character behind a mask – they had sold people on the concept, but now they had to make it work. Thankfully, they figured it out.
There were plenty of other anecdotes to go along with those, and there was also more serious discussion about the actors and their roles. Weathers talked about the dicfficulty of acting opposite someone whose face was covered by a mask. Carano talked about how much she loved doing her own stunts – like where she picks up Mando and drags him inside. Pascal talked about working with the two stunt doubles who brought the character to life. And so much more!
This was yet another tremendously well-done and incredibly enjoyable episode. I find that the discussions aren’t just fluff filler pieces but are actually very informative. I learn a lot about the making of the show from them, and find the chemistry they have together seems really natural. This is a really great behind the scenes project, and I’m loving it.