Pedro Pascal Reprises Role for Unexpected Sequel, Joined By A-List Cast

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Pedro Pascal Mandalorian red carpet

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It’s been an extremely loaded year for veteran actor Pedro Pascal, who rose to worldwide acclaim following his leading roles in the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff, The Mandalorian, and more recently, HBO’s hit video game adaptation, The Last of Us. Now, after hosting Saturday Night Live and even presenting at the 95th annual Academy Awards ceremony, it seems like Pascal can still manage to surprise fans with his latest — and very unexpected — TV appearance.

Pedro Pascal
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After years of grinding away, Pedro Pascal seems to be enjoying fame and near-universal adulation following his role as Joel Miller in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Last of Us, and is, apparently, making some friends in high places along the way.

Pascal has been a regular fixture in the TV landscape for well over 20 years, and now that he’s snagged an Emmy nomination — in addition to the hearts of internet-obsessed fans worldwide — he seems intent on expanding his portfolio with a number of high-profile projects.

Pedro Pascal in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
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On top of his recurring voiceover role as the titular bounty hunter in the smash hit Disney+ space western, The Mandalorian, Pascal is also slotted to star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming historical epic, Gladiator 2 (2024). The highly-anticipated sequel began shooting in Malta this past summer, but production was suspended due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes currently rocking Hollywood.

Still, the strike hasn’t stopped Pascal from staying firmly in the limelight. Recently, he reprised his role as the “overprotective mom” in the latest episode of Saturday Night Live alongside his friend and best-selling recording artist, Benito Martinez Ocasio (AKA Bad Bunny), as well as Lady Gaga and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.

Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin without a helmet on
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The Narcos actor first graced the Saturday Night Live stage earlier this year, where he starred in hilarious skits like “Fancam Assembly” and “HBO Mario Kart,” among others. Pascal’s debut hosting gig was enough to land him an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series category, so it’s no surprise the long-running comedy show wanted to bring him back for more.

Last night’s episode featured the sequel to the beloved “overprotective mom” skit, and saw Pascal double teaming with “auntie” Bad Bunny for another memorable performance. Pascal also helped the “Efecto” singer with translating his monologue from Spanish to English, with the former seemingly dropping by the set unannounced to help his friend with his hosting duties.

Check out the full clip (via SNL on YouTube) below:

It’s heartwarming to see Pascal, who’s clearly learned the Saturday Night Live ropes by now, using his skills to do something like helping Bad Bunny nail his monologue, proving that the longtime actor is indeed a jack of all trades — Beskar armor or not.

For those wondering, Saturday Night Live has been able to continue airing amid the SAG-AFTRA strike after a months-long absence in solidarity with the movement, as hosts, cast members, and guest stars technically perform under a Network Code Agreement (also known as a Net Code). This is not one of the contracts SAG-AFTRA is striking, meaning the cast and crew are not violating any rules by going on air.

Only time will tell when the SAG-AFTRA strikes come to an end, but for those looking forward to seeing more of Pedro Pascal onscreen, his new romance-drama with Ethan Hawke, Pedro Almodóvar’s Strange Way of Life (2023), recently arrived on streaming services and in theaters. He’s also set to star in the dark comedy Drive Away Dolls (2024), slotted to premiere next February.

Were you surprised to see Pedro Pascal make a last-minute cameo on Saturday Night Live? What are you excited to see him in next? Let us know in the comments below.

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