Joel Miller, Javier Peña, The Mandalorian... There are many characters that have become true myths for millions of viewers in recent years. But behind each of them, there is always an actor who brings them to life, who makes us connect, enjoy and suffer with them. And today, as you can already watched episode 2 of The Last of Us, the HBO series based on the Naughty Dog and PlayStation video game, we would like to pay tribute to José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, who we know as Pedro Pascal.
The 47-year-old actor, who was born in Santiago de Chile, has seen his popularity grow at an incredible speed in recent times, thanks to his roles in shows such as The Mandalorian and Narcos, among others. But his career in cinema is much longer than many might think, as we have been enjoying his work in numerous films and series for more than 20 years.
On the trail of Pablo Escobar
One of the most outstanding roles in Pedro Pascal's career took place in Narcos, the hit Netflix series in which he played Javier Peña, the renowned DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) agent. It is no coincidence that the Chilean was chosen to bring to life one of the most important characters in the series. His tenacity in dismantling the Medellín Cartel, the criminal organization led by Pablo Escobar, remains in everyone's memory.
The exotic note of Game of Thrones
The HBO series is one of the biggest productions in the history of television. A story told through 8 seasons marked by war, lust for power, blood ties and other themes very characteristic of A Song of Ice and Fire, the work of George R.R. Martin. In it, we met unforgettable characters, but very few were as peculiar as Oberyn Martell, the spitting image of what we often define as a hustler. While his role may not have been as transcendent as others, he hardly needed a few screen appearances to make his mark.
A versatile actor
Though he has not always had the opportunity to be part of the main cast, Pedro Pascal has had a career full of roles in prestigious series. David Portillo in Homeland, Marcus Pike in The Mentalist, Kyle Hartley in CSI: Criminal Investigation, Frederick Mercer in Charlie's Angels, Zach Wellison in Brothers & Sisters, and Nathan Landry in The Good Wife... In some of them, he appeared in just one episode, but no actor can boast so many prestigious productions on his resume.
The Mandalorian: the star hidden under the helmet
The Mandalorian, the Star Wars spin-off series with which we will soon have a date with its Season 3, is a perfect representation of Pedro Pascal's good work. And the fact is that The Mandalorian, without showing his face, has kept us on the edge of our seats episode after episode. Think about it: isn't it surprising that so many people were raving about his performance when we barely got to see him? The Mandalorian and Pedro Pascal are one, just as the vast majority of viewers can't imagine the future of The Witcher on Netflix without Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia (something they'll have to get used to, by the way).
He also shines on the big screen
When we are in the future and we look at the past, it is very likely that most of us will remember Pedro Pascal for his fantastic work in some of the aforementioned series. However, that doesn't mean we can forget about his performances on the big screen, as the Chilean has played a variety of roles in such popular films as Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Whiskey), The Great Wall (Pedro Tovar) and Wonder Woman 1984 (Maxwell Lord). Below is a list of the most notable films in his career.
Journey in progress: Joel in The Last of Us
The vast majority of reviews have made one thing very clear after watching The Last of Us on HBO: Joel is one of the biggest selling points of the series, and Pedro Pascal shines in his own right as he steps into his shoes. Joel is one of the great protagonists of both the video game and the series, as his journey with Ellie - and the bond between them - is the cornerstone of the story. After a series of events that you already know, Joel ends up dedicating himself to smuggling, constantly moving on the edge of the laws of FEDRA (Federal Disaster Response Agency), and finally accepting to carry a very special merchandise. Not a package, but Ellie herself? It's the perfect starting point for a gripping story.