Pedro Pascal dons different armor for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

When Pedro Pascal started thinking about his villain Max Lord "Wonder Woman 1984", a name occurred to him: Gordon Gekko. Who better to model their pursuit of a power suit than the embodiment of greed and calluses of the 1980s?
But director Patty Jenkins had something else in mind than the Michael Douglas character. (Both say it wasn't Donald Trump either.)
"She pulled me away from it," said Pascal. "She said," This is not the polish we're looking for. "
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It was a nerve-wracking realization for Pascal, who thought he could hide behind the smoothness of a cold and calculating financier. But it was a call he ended up loving.
"What we wanted was so much more unpredictable and exposed," he said. "What would ultimately anchor me to him was far more vulnerable than what a Gordon Gekko guy would be."
In the film, which debuts in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US on Christmas Day, Max Lord is a divorced father, little television personality, and would-be oil tycoon whose wealth is mostly smoke and mirrors until he fulfills a mighty wish . Grant stone.
"He's an immigrant trying to live up to his vision of the American dream," said Jenkins.
It was producer Charles Roven, who he worked with on Triple Frontier, who initially called Pascal and said Jenkins wanted to meet.
“I just adored him. I thought he was such a great guy and such an interesting person and an excellent actor, ”said Jenkins. “But when I sat and thought about who could do it, all I knew was that he could do it. There was something about Pedro that I knew he could hit any other brand and also reveal a side of himself. I wasn't sure even he could still use it. "
Pascal has long been a fan of Jenkins' work: he remembers seeing "Monster" in a Manhattan theater and having to wait for the credits to run out to leave because he was crying so hard and especially from that one No man's land sequence in moves was "Wonder Woman."
They had also crossed between the two films when Jenkins staged him in a pilot who was never picked up. When the opportunity came back to work with her, he knew what his answer would be.
"I didn't care what it was," said Pascal. "I still have trouble wrapping my head around the opportunity."
He was a little nervous about the costumes, though.
"I'm not the one who gets an 80s look in my opinion," laughed Pascal. "I felt like I would look stupid about baggy things."
On the Netflix show of the 1980s, “Narcos” Pascal even campaigned for his DEA agent to wear more 1970s styles. But Oscar winner Lindy Hemming was a "wizard" on "Wonder Woman 1984".
With an incredible attention to detail, she created suits for Max Lord, which, according to Pascal, alternated between “garish and refined”, “colorful and stylish” and “on the verge of abomination”.
"It was a fascinating thing," he said.
Since Pascal's cast in "Wonder Woman 1984", Pascal's star has risen immeasurably thanks to the popular Star Wars spin-off "The Mandalorian," which just completed its second season on Disney +. He remembers his first conversations for the role with Jon Favreau before flying to London to film Wonder Woman.
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