From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘The Last of Us’: how Pedro Pascal became the new Harrison Ford

From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘The Last of Us’: how Pedro Pascal became the new Harrison Ford


How to describe Pedro Pascal’s Joel in the new HBO series about zombie survivalThe last of us? Morose, maybe. Gray. Brusque, even. Yes, but he also has a good heart. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the beloved antihero is one of Hollywood’s most enduring tropes. “Men want to be him, women want to be him”, says the James Bond proverb. You will often find the hero drinking alone in a bar, but the alcohol never affects him, just like his experience with alcohol. He can, if necessary, hit a hitter with a powerful baller, but only if it is absolutely necessary. The character of the reluctant hero, tired but always reliable in a crisis, goes back decades but has been played with mastery as Pascal.

The Chilean-American actor has forged, quietly, one of Hollywood’s greatest careers. While many actors may feel privileged to perform in major tournaments, Pascal has been collecting them like a schoolboy collecting gold stars. His rapid rise is reminiscent of another Hollywood hero, perhaps the ultimate hero, Harrison Ford. Like Ford, Pascal was in his thirties when he finally got his big break. The actor impressed the audience Battle of the thrones as Prince Oberyn Martell, swordsman and headmaster Don Juan of Dorne, aka Red Viper, before suffering one of the most memorable TV deaths of all time at the hands of Cersei’s favorite knight, The Mountain.

It was at the same age that Ford crossed the death threshold and became Han Solo, the reckless hero of Princess Leia, in Star Wars: Episode IV New hope. Then he played a professor of archeology of the heart of the heart and athlete Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark four years later. Ford’s magnetic personality and charisma proved to be gold dust for Hollywood directors. Likewise, Pascal jumped from one hot project to another after thronesfighting Colombian drug traffickers during three seasons of the Netflix drama Pablo Escobar, drugsbefore landing his own role in Star Wars as another hot-tempered slacker, bounty hunter Din Djarin, in The Mandalorian from Disney+.

“It was easy for me to understand the opportunity of difficulty under all the weapons,” Pascal said, talking about his real weapon in The Mandalorian, but he may also be speaking in metaphors, about any of his characters. Of his characters, some might think Pascal is one-sided, but like Ford, he brings depth to his performances.

Robert Rodríquez, who guided Pascal in the period of The Mandalorian and Netflix’s 2020 children’s movie, we can be heroes, once said: “Pascal reminds me of Harrison Ford…he’s like a regular guy. It can be fun, it can be very intense, it can be very heroic. But also “very human and warm”. For The last of us, Pascal has all these qualities; it’s his best performance to date.

As Ford said in the famous plan Today from NBC in 2019: “Nobody else is going to be Indiana Jones, don’t you understand? I’m Indiana Jones.” Could this role, like Joel, be Pascal’s own Indiana Jones moment? He’s so talented, so smart and so hearty, that it doesn’t seem unreasonable to say, “No one else can do this.”

Translated by Michelle Padilha

How to describe Pedro Pascal’s Joel in the new HBO series about zombie survivalThe last of us? Morose, maybe. Gray. Brusque, even. Yes, but he also has a good heart. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the beloved antihero is one of Hollywood’s most enduring tropes. “Men want to be him, women want to be him”, says the infamous James Bond proverb. You will often find the hero drinking alone in a bar, but the alcohol never affects him, just like his experience with alcohol. He can, if necessary, hit a hitter with a powerful baller, but only if it is absolutely necessary. The character of the reluctant hero, tired but always reliable in a crisis, goes back decades but has been played with mastery as Pascal.

The Chilean-American actor has forged, quietly, one of Hollywood’s greatest careers. While many actors may feel privileged to perform in major tournaments, Pascal has been collecting them like a schoolboy collecting gold stars. His rapid rise is reminiscent of another Hollywood hero, perhaps the ultimate hero, Harrison Ford. Like Ford, Pascal was in his thirties when he finally got his big break. The actor impressed the audience Battle of the thrones as Prince Oberyn Martell, swordsman and headmaster Don Juan of Dorne, aka Red Viper, before suffering one of the most memorable TV deaths of all time at the hands of Cersei’s favorite knight, The Mountain.

It was at the same age that Ford crossed the death threshold and became Han Solo, the reckless hero of Princess Leia, in Star Wars: Episode IV New hope. Then he played a professor of archeology of the heart of the heart and athlete Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark four years later. Ford’s magnetic personality and charisma proved to be gold dust for Hollywood directors. Likewise, Pascal jumped from one hot project to another after thronesfighting Colombian drug traffickers during three seasons of the Netflix drama Pablo Escobar, drugsbefore landing his own role in Star Wars as another hot-tempered slacker, bounty hunter Din Djarin, in The Mandalorian from Disney+.

“It was easy for me to understand the opportunity of difficulty under all the weapons,” Pascal said, talking about his real weapon in The Mandalorian, but he may also be speaking in metaphors, about any of his characters. Of his characters, some might think Pascal is one-sided, but like Ford, he brings depth to his performances.

Robert Rodríquez, who guided Pascal in the period of The Mandalorian and Netflix’s 2020 children’s movie, we can be heroes, once said: “Pascal reminds me of Harrison Ford…he’s like a regular guy. It can be fun, it can be very intense, it can be very heroic. But also “very human and warm”. For The last of us, Pascal has all these qualities; it’s his best performance to date.

As Ford said in the famous plan Today from NBC in 2019: “Nobody else is going to be Indiana Jones, don’t you understand? I’m Indiana Jones.” Could this role, like Joel, be Pascal’s own Indiana Jones moment? He’s so talented, so smart and so hearty, that it doesn’t seem unreasonable to say, “No one else could do this.”

Translated by Michelle Padilha



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