American Film Institute Honors The Mandalorian
AFI Lauds The Mandalorian as one of the year’s 10 best….
Pedro Pascal Introduces The Mandalorian
Earlier this week, Pedro Pascal announced the show’s newfound honor via Twitter:
Who better to announce today’s #AFIAwards honoree than @TheMandalorian himself? Watch Pedro Pascal’s intro, then fly over to https://t.co/YF9mJgysBI to learn more. Because this is the way. #AFIMovieClub pic.twitter.com/raqm3Gwn23
— AFI (@AmericanFilm) February 23, 2021
“I’m honored The Mandalorian has been selected as an honoree at this year’s AFI awards,” said Pascal. “Being on the set of The Mandalorian is like being placed in the very center of your childhood dreams.
“Everything that you end up seeing on Disney+ is exactly what it looks like on the set. You are around the very, very best people in the industry, and you get to see people do their very best work in every department.
“And to be around that kind of energy of people that love, so much, what they do so that when we see it as an audience, we can travel way beyond this world and into all these other galaxies is something that [was] great for our imaginations as children and is great for our imaginations now.
“On behalf of the entire creative ensemble, I know we are proud to be recognized by AFI,” added Pascal. “And [we’re] proud to share our story with you today.”
Favreau Talks Star Wars
Included in the package of content lauding The Mandalorian was a set of fun facts and Jon Favreau’s video.
We always knew we’d connect with people who grew up with Star Wars,” said Favreau to the AFI cameras. “What we didn’t count on was that their kids would also want to sit on the couch with them.
“And to me, that is the real gift.”
Speaking of Star Wars transcending generations, Favreau spoke of his own introduction to The Saga and how it resonated with his family.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) February 23, 2021
“I remember when I saw Star Wars, I was with my dad,” said Favreau. “And I felt like it was the freshest, newest, most technologically groundbreaking piece of film that was out there.
“And it was,” he added. “But what I didn’t understand was that my dad recognized in the storytelling, the archetypes — all the tropes, the myths — it was very familiar to him.
“And so, it’s that combination of something new and something old, together.”