When Din Djarin never removed his helmet even once in the third season of The Mandalorian, fans wondered out loud if Pedro Pascal performed on set as the titular character at all. After all, wouldn’t he have been filming The Last of Us at the same time? Well, Pedro Pascal just confirmed what we all pretty much knew already. At this point, the part of Din Djarin is largely just a voice-over role for Pascal. The actor noted this in a roundtable interview with several other actors for The Hollywood Reporter (via Slash Film). When Succession’s Kieran Culkin asked if Pascal just provided the voice of The Mandalorian‘s Din Djarin, he responded with, “For a lot of it, yeah.” Here’s what else he had to say:
“There was an extended amount of experimentation, being in the suit for a lot of it, and frankly, my body wasn’t up for the task as far as, like, the four months of it. But I was in it. I was in it a significant amount, an elastic amount [he pretends to tug at his neck, where the suit would chafe]. But now we’ve figured it out, which is super cool, and amazingly, it gave me the opportunity to be able to go and do something else.”
Unlike Anthony Daniels, who insists on performing C-3PO in the suit and not just as a voice-over performance, it seems Pascal is more than ready to take the James Earl Jones route. In other words, Pascal allows his contributions to the character to come primarily from a recording booth. We imagine that should the story require Din Djarin to remove his helmet once more, though, Pascal would be happy to play him on set again. But don’t be surprised if it is some time before The Mandalorian has the titular character removing his helmet. Actors Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder have embodying Din Djarin on The Mandalorian since season one. We imagine that will continue. On the set of The Mandalorian, this is the way.