Pedro Pascal Thought Starring in 2011 ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot Would Change His Career, Then It Bombed
Pedro Pascal gives a humorous scene-chewing performance as the vicious Maxwell Lord in "Wonder Woman 1984", but it turns out that the role is far from the first time the "Mandalorian" favorite has been playing around in the DC Comics universe Has. In the early days of his acting career, Pascal played a supporting role in David E. Kelley's acclaimed 2011 TV pilot for Wonder Woman. Pascal played Ed Indelicato, a police officer who was Diana Prince's liaison with the LAPD. The cast included Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman, Tracie Thoms as Etta Candy, and Justin Bruening as Steve Trevor.
While the "Wonder Woman" series was perhaps the liveliest pilot to go into production for the 2011-2012 television season, NBC passed the series on. It was a shock to comic book fans at the time, but it was later revealed that the pilot was a disaster and the network made the right call but didn't pick it up for series. Pascal would find a lot more luck with Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' sequel nine years later, but he pondered his first conversation with the comic book franchise in a recent interview with Variety.
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"It was like a dream come true," said Pascal of landing a role on the NBC show. “David E. Kelley's influence on television when I was just out of college was so big, and I've seen every episode of [Palicki's series] 'Friday Night Lights'. I also thought whether it is good or not it would definitely be picked up. That would change my financial situation significantly, even if it were half a season before it was canceled. But it wasn't even picked up. I went back to the procedure, you know, "CSI" and so on. Had a pretty bad year after this interest in a very sporadic job. "
Given the worldwide popularity of the Wonder Woman brand, Pascal cannot be held responsible for NBC picking up on the show whether it was good or bad. Unfortunately, the failed pilot didn't turn out to be the financial game changer or career boost Pascal needed at the time. Did Jenkins and the "Wonder Woman 1984" know of Pascal's "Wonder Woman" past when they cast him as Maxwell Lord? The actor said he didn't think so.
"It really didn't cross my mind, which is kind of crazy," said Pascal. “You either didn't have to know or you didn't care. Yes. I'm not sure, but it's like some anecdotal thing that completely passed them by. "
"Wonder Woman 1984" is now in theaters and is streamed on HBO Max.
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