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Review of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” Episode 3, “The Cast”

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This week, I review the latest episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3, all about The Cast.

The documentary series airs weekly on Disney Plus. Find out more BTS goodness from the cast and crew each and every week.

Read my reviews of Episode 1 and Episode 2 here.

Review of "Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian" Episode 3, "The Cast"
Review of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” Episode 3, “The Cast” [Source: Inverse]

Summary of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”, Episode 3

This week’s episode zeroes in on the cast.

From the masked Pascal to the timeless Weathers and the fighter Carano, everyone here brings something interesting to the table (literally).

Many members of the cast sit around the now familiar black-cloth table to discuss the making of Season 1 of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.

With Jon Favreau as our ever-present guide, we get to peek behind the curtain a little bit.

In particular, we have the privilege of getting to know what’s going on in the mind of this incredibly talented and devoted group of actors.

Who Is in the Cast of the Show?

As a lifelong actor myself, I found this episode especially personal.

The Cast of The Mandalorian: (L-R) Carl Weathers, Pedro Pascal, and Gina Carano [Source: Getty Images]

Watching these actors work onscreen is one thing; getting to hear about their individual process and love for Star Wars is quite another.

Pedro Pascal

For starters, let’s talk about the man behind the mask: Pedro Pascal.

Even if we hardly get to see his face in this series (so far), he makes a significant mark on the Star Wars canon with every episode.

Pedro Pascal in a The Paris Review T-Shirt Reading VO for Disney Galery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3 [Source: Disney Plus]
Pedro Pascal in a Paris Review T-Shirt Reading VO for Disney Galery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3 [Source: Disney Plus]

Along those lines… This guy is a freaking PRO. His acting is done mostly in subtle movement and gesture on set, without anyone even being able to see the man’s eyes.

THEN, he has to go back to the voiceover studio to record all the lines in ADR to match his performance!

Of course, he hits it on the head every single time. Like I said, a PRO.

We learn in Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3, that Pascal isn’t the only one that plays Mando in this series.

In fact, 2 stunt doubles also play the character at different times throughout the filming of the TV show.

One stunt actor plays the title character during fight scenes. The other stunt expert plays the titular role during armed combat, such as those requiring firearms.

The casting director absolutely nailed it with Pedro, and the guy simply rocks it as the main character.

And I, for one, couldn’t be happier that he’s the face (or mask, rather) of this great chapter of the iconic Star Wars story.

Carl Weathers

Known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies, Carl Weathers is about as seasoned as they come.

Carl Weathers Interview on Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3 [Source: Disney Plus]
Carl Weathers Interview on Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3 [Source: Disney Plus]

If you’ve seen the show to this point, you know that he commands the screen whenever he’s there.

What’s more, Weathers also brings an incredible vocal quality to his character, Greef Karga. It’s something that’s just…him. Nobody else can do it quite the same way.

We learn in this behind-the-scenes docu-series that Weathers doesn’t do a lot of acting anymore. Despite that, he still felt called to this show and this character.

Thank goodness! After season one, it’s hard to imagine anybody else doing justice to the Greef Karga character, isn’t it?

Gina Carano

Who else could possibly play a character as tough and hard-nosed as the fighter Cara Dune?

Gina Carano On Set for The Mandalorian [Source: Disney Plus]
Gina Carano On Set for The Mandalorian [Source: Disney Plus]

Gina Carano came to acting from a career in MMA. That’s right. She’s a professional mixed martial artist.

She’s a literal fighter.

(See below for the hard-hitting proof.)

Gina Carano Fighting in an MMA Contest [Source: MMA India]
Gina Carano Fighting in an MMA Contest [Source: MMA India]

In this episode though, we don’t see Gina the puncher and kicker so much.

We see the human being, the actor, the artist. And she seems like an absolutely wonderful and delightful person all around.

She really comes across as the kind of person you just want to spend time around and be friends with.

You can tell that Carano cares deeply about the show, her character, and doing things the right way every time.

(She even does some of her own stunt and grunt work. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so watch this episode to see what I mean.)

Additionally, she spends a solid minute or so during this episode’s screen time simply telling Carl Weathers how awesome he is. Afterward, Carl looks so genuinely touched in response. It’s a heartwarming moment.

I love this cast. Have I said that yet?

Wrap Up

Let me state in closing that I really, truly enjoy every second of this this show. Equally important, I love Star Wars.

The Mandalorian and Gina Carano as Cara Dune [Source: Bleeding Cool]

So, keeping that in mind, my review of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Episode 3, may sound a wee bit skewed or biased to some.

If you aren’t already a fan of The Mandalorian show itself, you might not agree with me on some points throughout my reviews.

Honestly, I think that’s great! Disagreement is good, and I think we forget that sometimes. We need cordial debate to push us in our thinking in respectful ways.

If you have an opinion about something regarding this show (or anything else Disney!), I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on social media @disfordisney_.

Again, you can read my reviews for episode one and episode two as well.

Next week, Episode 4, is all about the Technology of The Mandalorian.

And…

I. AM. PUMPED!

Watch on Disney Plus and check back here for my review to learn all about it and discuss.

Until then, check out the complete Star Wars timeline to see where The Mandalorian fits into the iconic storyline canon.

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