The highly anticipated third season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian comes out next month and fans can expect the return of the Darksaber. The saber has a long history and is now in the hands of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), which means that Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) is likely to come and get it and the weapon, as it must be won in battle. Before Mando had the Darksaber, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) owned it. During a recent interview with GKEsposito shared a hilarious story about practicing with the Darksaber.
“The Darksaber was a blast to handle,” Esposito said. “There are only a few of us actors who have had the chance to wield such an iconic piece of equipment… We had a bunch of different swords. Sometimes the hilt, sometimes the long one, sometimes one that burned around the end so they could put some kind of CGI in it, and sometimes it was full weight, sometimes not full weight. I chose the ones that had full weight because I felt like when you wield it, you had to see it, how it hits something. It was very, very important for me to have it really believable.”
He continued: “So I had been practicing at home, because I also have a cape, figuring out the logistics of it with a broomstick. And finally, when I got to the Darksaber, I was just really excited about being able to practice with it in the moment on set, and to have such a great time playing this character with a piece of history that is so iconic.
What’s next for Moff Gideon The Mandalorian?
Esposito will reprise his role as Moff Gideon in the third season of The Mandalorianand he’s already teased some exciting things for his character in Season 3. Recently, the actor spoke to Collider and explained why the new season of The Mandalorian will be the best yet.
“I just think the show gets more expansive and visually more profound with each season. And I think it’s definitely Jon Favreau and David Filoni’s vision that starts that expansion. But it’s also all the artisans that they trust to work together … with them I was overwhelmed by that hissing reel Suddenly the world came at you in a much more intense way, and – it’s always been satisfying – but in a way that you knew… you know that feeling you have of fear or doom, or excitement personified? That’s the feeling you get because all of a sudden the story flows together so you understand elements you didn’t know,” Esposito shared.
He continued, “Look, we can say a lot of words about a lot of different things, just like Kaleidoscope. But I think when you watch it, you have the space to feel emotion and connection between characters. The Mandalorian, you have the space to feel the generosity of this universe, of this world-building. And you have the space to see where you fit in. God, I wish I could be that warrior, that hero, that heroine. And we see the weakness and the strength of the villains who want for themselves and not for the whole. What I love about this show, it’s about our military, it’s about all of us starting to understand, again, it’s for the people and by the people. And if we stand up and speak up, and understand that there is power in numbers, then we can recreate the world as it should be in peace, harmony and creative, scientific and political, a way for us to do that understand there are no boundaries anymore. The Mandalorian is an example of that.”
The Mandalorian returns to Disney+ on March 1.
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