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The Mandalorian was a series that met with almost instant acclaim when it launched along with Disney+ in November. It's impressive just how successful the first live-action Star Wars series was considering it took a pretty significant risk building a show around a character who rarely spoke and even more rarely showed his face. Mando was the king of the stoic silent heroes, but apparently making The Mandalorian Pedro Pascal felt a bit less like his screen alter-ego. He ended up in the emergency room during production when he cracked his nose on a piece of plywood.
In the newest episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which focuses on the show's incredibly cast, Pedro Pascal relays a story that, while filming the final episode of the series, he ended up needing seven stitches in his nose. Apparently, after getting his makeup done, and in almost full costume, he wasn't watching where he was going, because he was too busy checking himself out. According to Pascal...
I stepped out of the makeup trailer, looking at my sides and walked into a piece of plywood.
That by itself isn't necessarily all that funny, but the punchline comes when you realize that this was during the filming of the first season's final episode. That';s the one episode where Mando removes his helmet, to show that he's been severely injured by the ensuing battle. Getting all the fake blood on his face was what he had been in the makeup trailer for in the first place, which, according to Mandalorian producer Jon Favreau, led to a pretty funny exchange when Pascal went to get checked out, as the staff couldn't tell the difference between the real and fake blood...
The best part about it was this, he was made up, it was the scene after the explosions and he’s bleeding out of his ears and so he’s covered with blood. So he goes to the emergency room, they’re like ‘Let him in!’
While Pedro Pascal did need stitches, certainly his wound wasn't as bad as it seemed based on the amount of "blood" on his face, and since he was getting ready to film a scene where he looked seriously injured anyway, it certainly didn't cause a problem with shooting.
At the same time, it's actually pretty funny that Pascal received his injury prior to the one scene in the entire season where his face was going to be seen on camera. If Pascal had hurt his face at any other point it really wouldn't have mattered since he would have been wearing the helmet anyway. And if he'd been wearing the helmet when he walked into the plywood, he wouldn't have hurt himself in the first place.