Pedro Pascal Who Plays Mandalorian Isn't Envious Of Baby Yoda's Popularity
Pedro Pascal welcomes his eponymous character's fatherly devotion in #TheMandalorian, and he is unconcerned with Grogu's fame
Pascal and his favorite onscreen sidekick Baby Yoda made their debuts as the armored warrior Din Djarin in November 2019. Both have now risen to prominence, with Grogu establishing himself as a cultural hero. Grogu is basically everywhere since his Mandalorian debut, from meme templates to toys and t-shirts. Everyone loves the tiny guy, whether it's youngsters who are discovering Star Wars for the first time or moviegoers who saw the original Star Wars picture in cinemas.
Pascal has now got the opportunity to react on Grogu's popularity. During a Star Wars Celebration interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the actor was asked if he ever gets bored of the "hooplah" surrounding Baby Yoda as opposed to Mando. Pascal, on the other hand, is quick to disagree, emphasizing how it has helped people connect with Din. He still has "passion for Mando," and he thinks Grogu's participation was a "ace in the hole" for season 1 of The Mandalorian. Pascal goes on to explain that executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni "know what they're doing" with Grogu's popularity, and that "you can't take Grogu away from me," in a protective tone. Read the whole of Pascal's comment below:
"No! I don't get tired of it, actually. I think it helps a lot. I would say that I certainly do not feel a lack of love for Mando, and I think that if anything, it's probably enhanced by the relationship that we have and the love we all have for Grogu. It was an ace in the hole that they had for the first season, it continues to hold us, and I think ultimately Jon and Dave so know what they're doing because their hearts lead the way as far as their love for Star Wars. So, no, you can't take Grogu away from me."
Pascal is clearly just as protective of Grogu as Din, which creates a wonderful link between himself and his role. Pascal's affection for Grogu has already enchanted viewers, as seen by his admission during the Mando+ panel at Star Wars Celebration that "it's the closest I've been to being a parent." True affection is evident on film, notably in The Mandalorian season 2 finale, when Grogu sees his "father's" face for the first time.
Din will need Grogu's affection more than ever in Season 3 of The Mandalorian as he navigates the tough voyage of his own identity. Mando has been expelled by the Armorer for removing his helmet, and he is seeking forgiveness for his offenses against his religion and tribe. Despite the Empire's devastation of Mandalore, this directs his physical route there. Din is expected to face several personal conflicts along the road, particularly when he reunites with Bo-Katan Kryze and other Mandalorians who pursue a different "path" than himself. Din will be able to feel more grounded with Grogu at his side than if he were on his own, which will no sure draw viewers even closer to the cherished father-son duo in The Mandalorian season 3.
Source: Yahoo Entertainment