Most television fans know his name, but Pedro Pascal is drawing comparisons to none other than The Man with No Name, Clint Eastwood.
Pedro Pascal started working in the industry in the 1990s primarily on television and not even under the name we know him as. And so it seems apt that collaborators and friends of Pedro Pascal have said some of his most recent and famous roles call to mind The Man with No Name himself, Clint Eastwood.
In a recent Esquire profile, numerous individuals close to Pedro Pascal likened the star to Eastwood. The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau said, “The original Boba Fett armor and the T-visor were based on Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name, where they used angles and the brim of his hat to hide his eyes. We wanted to adhere to that tradition, and Pedro felt that he had the power and the ability to breathe life into a costume and made it something more.” But no matter how much Eastwood squints, he can still see better than Pascal, who has had difficulties with his surroundings while wearing the costume. Although friend Bradley Cooper has yet to work with Pascal, he noted, “I would argue that he’s playing kind of a Clint Eastwood iconic archetype in The Last of Us.”
Speaking of The Last of Usco-creator Craig Mazin said that Pascal has not only gotten his due, but has deserved it as well. “This was not somebody Hollywood sweated to make a star…They didn’t keep him out, but they didn’t drag him along, either; they just sat there with their arms crossed. And he fought all the way, and every single time, he connected.” And connect he did, landing two of the most talked-about It shows at the moment on two of the biggest platforms. Pretty good for a guy who basically got his start on MTV’s Undressed (OK, so Rawhide might have done more for Eastwood’s career).
While Pedro Pascal continues to build his fanbase with The Mandalorian and The Last of Us (which wrapped up last month), Clint Eastwood is gearing up for what is expected to be his last movie, Jury #2.
Do you see the comparison between some of Pedro Pascal’s performances and characters to Clint Eastwood? What is your favorite Pascal performance up to this point? Let us know below!