How did Pedro Pascal become the new Harrison Ford?

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(Moviestore/Shutterstock/HBO)

How would you describe Pedro Pascal’s Joel in HBO’s new zombie survival series? what’s left of us? Quiet, maybe. Even grumpy with gray hair. Yes, but he has a good heart too. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the lovable anti-hero is one of Hollywood’s most enduring tropes. “Men want to be him, women want to be with him” – that’s how the sleazy old James Bond adage goes. The anti-hero can often be found drinking alone in a bar, but alcohol never affects him, this is his hardened experience as a drinker. If necessary, he can knock the attacker down with a powerful haymaker, but only if he really has to. The lure of the reluctant warrior, weary in a crisis but always reliable, goes back decades, but has seldom been played as competently as Pascal.

The Chilean-American actor has – somewhat quietly – created one of the most amazing careers in Hollywood. While many actors may feel privileged to star in a major series, Pascal smashes them like a schoolboy picking up gold stars. His sharp rise is reminiscent of another Hollywood anti-hero – perhaps the definitive anti-hero – Harrison Ford. Like Ford, Pascal was in his mid-thirties when he finally made his big break. The player is fascinated game of Thrones Audiences viewers as Dorne’s master swordsman and shaker, aka Prince Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper, before suffering one of the most memorable TV deaths of all time at the hands of Cersei’s favorite knight, The Mountain.

At the same age, Ford surpassed his mortal status to become Princess Leia’s indifferent heroine Han Solo. Star wars: Chapter IV A new hope. He went on to play Indiana Jones, a heartwarming archeology professor and adventurer. Raiders of the Lost Ark four years later. Ford’s magnetic charm and charisma proved to Hollywood directors that he was gold dust. Similarly, Pascal jumped from one hot project to the next. thronesDuring three seasons of Netflix’s hit drama Pablo Escobar, he battles Colombian drug dealers, narcosBefore taking on a Star Wars role of his own as Din Djarin, another angry thug, bounty hunter on Disney Plus Mandalorian.

“It wasn’t hard for me to understand the possibility of complexity under all armor,” Pascal said of his actual armor. mandalorian, but he may have also talked figuratively about any of his characters. Some might assume that Pascal from his roles is a number one pony, but like Ford, he always adds depth to his performances.

Robert Rodriquez, who directed Pascal in one episode mandalorian and Netflix’s 2020 children’s movie, We can be heroes he once said: “Pascal reminds me of Harrison Ford…he’s like an ordinary guy. It can be funny, it can be really intense, it can be very heroic.” But also “very human and warm”. Inside what’s left of us, Pascal all of this – his best performance to date. ​​

As Ford famously told NBCs Today The show in 2019 said, “No one else will be Indiana Jones – don’t you get it? I am Indiana Jones.” Could this role as Joel be Pascal’s own Indiana Jones moment? There is such a spark, such a sharpness and such a heart in it that it does not seem unreasonable to say, “Nobody else can do it”.

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