‘Mandalorian’ star opens up about Disney’s stance on free speech support
From Chancellor Palpatine’s impassioned speech after taking the Republic to C-3PO offering unsolicited commentary on the hero’s adventures, the Star wars galaxy is known for its outspoken characters. Similarly, the actors behind some Star wars“The main characters also spoke about issues important to them – often without the absence of controversy as well.
One of Lucasfilm’s latest additions to its already impressive cast roster weighed on Disney’s stance to support its stars… but it suggests there is a catch.
In preview alongside the launch of Disney +, The Mandalorian ushered in a new era for the Star wars universe. The record-breaking show demonstrated that there are more stories to tell than the giant Skywalker Saga. While a Skywalker made a pretty incredible appearance later in the Season 2 finale, The Mandalorian mainly introduced fans to the world of Din Djarin – the eponymous Mandalorian warrior of Pedro Pascal.
The Mandalorian’s escapades continued into Season 2 where Din Djarin continued his quest to find answers regarding his traveling companion, The Child AKA “Baby Yoda”. Meeting fan favorites like Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), the duo were chased by Imperial Officer Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his squad of black soldiers.
Esposito is no stranger to playing mean characters. His most famous role to date is that of Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s breaking Bad, which saw him deliver an increasingly sinister performance. He’s probably just as scary in The Mandalorian, going to the ends of the galaxy to secure the Force-sensitive Grogu.
The Mandalorian The Season 2 finale not only revealed Luke Skywalker’s return, but also saw Din Djarin become the rightful ruler of Mandalore after winning the legendary Darksaber from Moff Gideon d’Esposito.
It’s unclear what’s next for Moff Gideon – and the rest of The Mandalorianis thrown out as a question of fact. Esposito recently discussed his role in Star wars‘and also expressed his views on the position of the Walt Disney Company – and by association, Lucasfilm – on supporting their actors amid free speech and real-world political situations.
Talk to The independent, Esposito weighed in on John Boyega’s active role in the Black Lives Matter protests and offered a broader statement on Disney’s responsibility to his “family.”
“I think it’s important to take care of the family […] Social media has gotten to the point where there is this crazy fandom, so when you put yourself forward you expose yourself to criticism… ”
Social media has actually played a huge role in criticism of Disney and Star wars during the last years. Rose Tico actress Kelly Marie Tran has made the decision to quit social media due to the backlash from her role in the Star wars sequelae.
The Mandalorian the actor continued, suggesting the need for balance in open discussions of political opinions.
“I think Disney is a wonderful institution. And sometimes there are things going on where people speak out – and Star Wars is a prime example of that – where people want to express themselves politically. […] Not that I always want to please the fans or the studio, but there is a proper way to express yourself and also include the family of filmmakers you work with.
Esposito is growing:
” I hope that [Disney] will always support what their stars say, but they have to be careful because if there is any vehement language associated with that… ”
We know Disney has a varied stance on supporting actors with their personal opinions. The Mandalorian received its fair share of controversy this year when Disney fired Cara Dune actress Gina Carano amid insensitive social media posts. Not speaking specifically of Carano, Esposito explains how inevitable mistakes are in the industry.
“I am in the entertainment business. The people at Disney who make movies are too. Is there a responsibility? Of course there is. Are we all making mistakes? Yes.”
Finally, the Moff Gideon actor said this regarding Boyega’s role in the BLM protests.
“He felt compelled to get up [for BLM] and I think it’s great […] I just think, you know, the ability to do it with grace is the way to do it […] You should be able to say what you have to say, but the forum is important.
Boyega, who played the faulty stormtrooper, Finn, in the Star wars sequel trilogy, actually took her grievances to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy after speaking out about her character development in the latest Star wars blockbuster movie. Esposito concludes by specifying that Boyega is a “great actor, a great humanitarian and a great human being”.
Recently another Mandalorian The star has been criticized for liking a social media post that shared opinions about not getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but for now neither Disney nor Lucasfilm – not even the actress herself – did comment on the situation.
Esposito’s stance on speaking out about personal and political opinions publicly is just an opinion of the Lucasfilm star camp. It is safe to say, however, that the entertainment industry faces increasing pressure to strike a balance between responsibility, support and action when it comes to actors openly discussing their own beliefs in public.
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