Pedro Pascal Hasn't Even Completed The Last Of Us
Forget Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, or the upcoming series for Fallout and Resident Evil, there's one live-action video game TV series everyone is looking at right now... HBO's A-list The Last of Us. It unites Game of Thrones alumni Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Diego Luna, Euphoria's Storm Reid, and Parks & Rec's Nick Offerman.
Even though we're disappointed The Last of Us won't get a release in 2022, that wait has only hyped the show's fan base, with both newcomers and those who've played Naughty Dog's 2013 game pumped for its 2023 debut. Apparently though, the show's lead isn't one of those who know how the story ends.
Has Pedro Pascal Played The Last Of Us?
While the casting of Pascal has divided The Last of Us fandom, some think he's perfect to play the gruff and fatherly Joel to Ramsey's Ellie. Speaking to GQ about all things TLoU, Pascal admitted he only played a few minutes of the first game before handing over the controller to his nephew.
"It's so sad, I haven't any skill," admitted Pascal. "I tried, you know. And then it was only a matter of minutes before I had to hand it over to my nephew. It really takes a specific kind of skill, and I don't have it." So, it turns out Pascal might not be such a sharp-shooting ace as his video game counterpart.
When asked if he watched his nephew play through the entire 15-20 hour campaign, Pascal said he "watched for as long as I was able to that day." Still, he at least managed to get a feel for Joel, with The Mandalorian star adding, "I found Joel so impressive — I found the whole of it such a visually impressive experience."
How Will The Last Of Us Differ From The Video Game?
There's a fine line between honouring the legacy of the games and striking out on your own. Pascal says he's aware of this and wanted to make his version of Joel different from Troy Baker's voice work on The Last of Us. "I got worried that I would want to imitate too much, which I think could be right in some circumstances, and then a mistake in others," said Pascal. "So I just wanted to create a healthy distance, and for that to be more in the hands of Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann."
In case you weren't already psyched for The Last of Us, Pascal compared it to the smash hit of Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian. Pascal is hot property right now and is also known as Din Djrain on Disney+'s Star Wars series. Talking about having Chernobyl's Mazin on board and Druckmann as the creator of The Last of Us, Pascal concluded, "It's in good hands because they love it so much." With hopes that The Last of Us will get a multi-season order, Pascal might find enough time to sit down and play his way through the games.