Giancarlo Esposito reveals secrets and techniques behind turning into Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian
Moff Gideon was the ultimate great evil of The Mandalorian since season 1. He’s killed countless people to bring “order” to the galaxy, he ordered the death of Kuiil, destroyed the razor crest and oh, the greatest sin that Grogu ever kidnapped and threatened him with the Darksaber. But don’t think that it was an easy task for actor Giancarlo Esposito to give viewers a really bad villain who can only be despised. He admits he researched the widespread history of Star Wars before starring his first scene on The Mandalorian because “the fans knew a lot more about Star Wars than I did”.
The first time the Mandalorian introduced Moff to Gideon was in Season 1, Chapter 7: The Reckoning, after a number of Death Troops, supported by a contingent of Stormtroopers, hid around Cantina Mando, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga. Gideon came to give The Trio an ultimatum – either hand over the child or face the consequences.
In a recent from war of starsEsposito relates how he wanted to play the character for the T and did his research, but it wasn’t until he rose from the TIE fighter in his very first scene on the show that the extent of being Gideon hit him.
“I was a very big fan of the early Star Wars films and the world they exist in. I was head over heels when I was asked to do this show by Jon Favreau. I was deeply affected by Peter Cushing, who also played A Moff many, many years ago. And I tried to do some research because I knew the fans knew a lot more about Star Wars than I did. On my first day of shooting, I came down and ended up in a TIE fighter. And Then I’m led into a stalemate with 300 stormtroopers and all I can think in my brain is, “I’m Moff Gideon.”
In that one moment he realized that he had to play Gideon in a way that transmits his power and that “I don’t have to say or do a lot to get what I want because I’ll get it.” “”
“This stalemate was the beginning where I found the balance between this character. For me as an actor, I have to reflect the images that I see and feel that are not really in front of me for you to see this world reflected in against my vision. And you get a real feel for it – you see something else, how everything is built and put together. But it has to start somewhere, the core, the seed has to start somewhere … inside Moff Gideon. ”
Well, he’s definitely served the best Star Wars villain in a long time and despite everything Giancarlo Esposito He downplayed his knowledge of the Star Wars and always showed an acute understanding of the complex characters, especially Darth Vader. As in a chat with IGN during the final episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2, he had stated that his armor is a reference to Darth Vader and how the formidable Sith Lord inspired his character.
“I think it’s a step backwards for this guy … I mean, it’s really related to me in some ways, I like to think or imagine in my brain that he has the kind of power that Darth Vader had . And so, see him in his armor and cloak and armed telling me that he is a warrior. That tells me that he is a soldier and has the skills to support this, and hopefully you will see it in ours soon [upcoming] Episodes, “he had shared.
In his last video chat he talks again about the Jedi who moved to the dark side and confessed that he was always “fascinated” by Darth Vader. He believes that “in this very, very hard, rough exterior there could be a person who had the ability to shed some light on our space odyssey in our galaxy”. As the actor pointed out earlier on the similarities between him and Vader, is the above trigger a sign that Gideon isn’t, or wasn’t, as badass as we think he is? You can find the full video chat here.
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