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Pedro Pascal Is Going To Have An Awesome 2019 And These Are The Reasons Why

Slowly but surely this Chilean actor has established himself as one of the go-to celebrities for directors who want some diversity and loads of talent in their cast. We got to know him when he got his eyes popped out in Game of Thrones and the Internet couldn’t get enough of the gruesome scene. He later became the absolute star of the first three seasons of Narcos, where he played a DEA agent with tons of heart and an old-fashioned, film noir look.

2019 will be HUGE, ENORME, MAYUSCULO for this gentleman, as he will appear in The Mandalorian, a spin-off series based on the Star Wars universe.

Here are 21 things that make Pedro awesome and will attract the spotlight in 2019.

1. He is now part of the mainstream in both sides of the Atlantic

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This is a promotional shot for his Cartier campaign. Being the face of luxury brands is one of the holy grails for actors. The high-end watchmaker liked his Latino looks and his manly disposition. We agree.

2. He is a Netflix commodity now

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He will appear in Triple Frontier, a Netflix movie about guerrillas in South America. Pedro is one of the most regular faces in originals from the streaming giant, which will guarantee work for years to come.

3. He epitomizes the cool Latino man

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He is not pretty like Leo DiCaprio, but more rugged like Humphrey Bogart. There are not many A-listers with those characteristics currently working in Hollywood, so the competition is thin!

4. He understands social media

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Few celebrities truly understand social media and what it can do to advance their careers. But Pascal does! Here, for example, he shares an intimate and goofy moment… and drops in a shout out to Happy Socks!

5. He can take a selfie even if a bit borrachito

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Here he is with his partner on a drunken night…. not that bad, but not that sober either! You are forgiven, Pedrito.

6. He is one of the OK guys…

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He defends those who have to fight for their basic rights. This will expand his fan base significantly, as he is a vocal advocate for causes such as LGBT rights.

7. He stays true to his calling… damn fine acting

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Many actors forget their roots and lose their passion once they start appearing in high profile movies and TV show. Not Pedro, who works in Broadway, mainly in adaptations of Shakespeare plays like King Lear.

8. Because perritos….

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He constantly uploads photos of him and his furry friends…. nothing better for keeping current. Que ternuritas…. 

9. He speaks out when he is fed up

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Contrary to many migrants who stop fighting for other migrants’ rights once they are in a comfortable situation, Pedro is not afraid to demand justice. The recent crisis concerning children in government detention centers proved this.

10. He is a cool AF tío

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Just look at him with his two sobrinos, chilling and being silly.

11. He partners with A-listers to demand political change

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Here he is with Mark Ruffalo, an A-lister who is a big supporter of Bernie Sanders and basically politics that oppose the current government. What a pair of superheroes!

12. He hates toxic masculinity…. PREACH

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Just read what this awesome image on his Insta account says. In the #metoo era, it is comforting to see that not all men are pendejos and that some of today’s boys will be taught right and learn to be respectful and speak for their actions.

13. Man, Prospect looks awesome

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Nothing like a good old-fashioned sci-fi movie to establish an actor’s career. Prospect showcased Pedro’s talent to work with special effects and complex plot lines, which will surely catch the eye of studio executives.

14. La familia es primero

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Pedro adores his parents and is not afraid to demonstrate it and share candid photos on social media. This always goes well with Hispanic audiences, who relate to celebrities who have strong family ties that fame and money cannot break. Here we see his dad’s birthday celebrations. Queremos pastel! 

15. Glossy magazines love him

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Pascal’s face is pretty much omnipresent by now. This is a pajama shooting for GQ. Is this anything that this heartthrob cannot pull off?

16. He understands the world because he is a migrant

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His family is left-leaning when it comes to politics, which wasn’t such a good idea in Pinochet’s Chile. He grew up in Texas after having fled to Denmark as a child. Today’s world is global and he gets it, which translates into success in different markets.

17. He is a go-to talent for arthouse filmmakers

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Following the success of Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins directed If Beale Street Could Talk, about the writer James Baldwin. Pascal plays Pietro Alvarez, a secondary but essential role in this story of literary beauty and self-discovery. There will be Oscar buzz for this film and Pedro will surely grace the red carpet during award season.

18. People will keep watching Narcos to understand the cartel wars

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Narcos is one of the most popular Netflix franchises, and as the narrative of the show moves to Mexico, audiences will want to revisit the Colombian seasons to understand and connect the dots. There to meet them will be Pedro Pascal’s bigote and tough antics. In a rewatch we can really understand how crucial Pascal’s character, Javier, is for the moral definition of the show, as he knows that sometimes the law has to be bent in the pursuit of justice.

19. He will re-team with Wagner Moura and act alongside Gael and Penelope Cruz!

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His Narcos counterpart and he will appear in Wasp Network, a movie about Cuban political prisoners. Gael Garcia Bernal and Penelope Cruz will also be part of this amazing cast! This is basically the creme de la creme of Hispanic talent, so it is great to see Pedro Pascal breaking bread with more established Latinos who have changed the face of the industry.

20. He was a role in the super secret Wonder Woman 1984

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Director Patty Jenkins shared an enigmatic image in which Pascal appears in a Trump-like suit…. we can only guess that he will be the villain in the much-awaited follow-up to the first Wonder Woman film.

21. He will star in The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off TV show!

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We saved the best for last. Pedrito will star in The Mandalorian, the much awaited Star Wars universe TV show that is expected to spearhead Disney’s very ambitious expansion into the streaming market. The confines of the universe are now the limit for this amazing Chilean.

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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Robert Rodriguez, the beloved Mexican-American director of family-favorite classics like “Spy Kids” and “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D” is coming out with a new kids movie on Netflix called “We Can Be Heroes”.

According to Netflix, the film will be set in the “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” cinematic universe, and will function as a “standalone sequel” to the classic kids movie. The movie is set to drop on New Year’s Day.

The story will follow the children of a group of superheroes called “The Heroics”. The children of The Heroics must save the planet after their parents are kidnapped by alien invaders. According to the information that Netflix has released, Sharkboy and Lavagirl will be two of the parents who are kidnapped by these villainous aliens. (Yes, Sharkboy and Lavagirl now have a kid together. Yes, we thought they were siblings this entire time.)

While Taylor Dooley, who plays Lavagirl, is reprising her role for “We Can Be Heroes”, Taylor Lautner, unfortunately, will not.

An actor named JJ Dashnaw will step into Sharkboy’s shoes. But to soften the blow of that disappointing recasting news, none of other than Pedro Pascal will be playing one of the lead roles in the movie, a character named Marcus Moreno who is “a superhero on the verge of retirement”.

“I’ve wanted to work with Pedro since forever,” Rodriguez told Entertainment Weekly. “[Marcus] can be a badass if he needs to. He takes the glasses off, and he looks legit.” 

Although Robert Rodriguez is well-known for his family movies like the “Spy Kids” franchise as well as “Shark Boy and Lavagirl”, he has recently focuses his career on more adult fare like “Machete” and “Alita: Battle Angel”. Fans of “Spy Kids” are excited to be treated to a movie that seems like it will be a spiritual successor of the 2001 film. Rodriguez says that families being stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has simply fueled nostalgia for his popular kids movies.

“A lot of families have spent a lot of time together,” he told EW. “I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to. They’re all sitting at home with their kids.”

Just this year, Robert Rodriguez talked about how hard he had to fight to make the “Spy Kids” family Latino. “For me it was a big victory … to have the kids in ‘Spy Kids’ be a Latin family,” he explained at a virtual Comic Con panel. “The studio was like, ‘Why are you making them Latin, though, why don’t you just make them American?’ They are American, they’re based on my family.”

“There were no roles being written for Latins at that time, back in 1999, nor were they being cast. If I wasn’t Latin, I would have given up the fight,” he continued. “When you’re doing anything that’s new, this just happens to be about diversity, you’re going to get a question and you have to have a good answer.”

We’re excited to take a look at this new kid-friendly movie! We hope it’s as entertaining as “Spy Kids”.

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