Cinema is a living art, not only because it consists of recording moving images or because there are more productions today than ever, despite the obligatory rest due to the coronavirus pandemic. A shoot begins with intentions and a script and then circumstances correct them and the work ends in a different way than planned. The one from Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) is the paradigm of chaotic filming and corrections on the fly and at the last minute. Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) was going to die in the first episode of Lost (JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber, 2004 – 2010) and ended up being a character of the greatest importance. And the same has happened with one of The Mandalorian (Jon Favreau, since 2019) from Disney Plus.
As we have learned from the latest installment of Disney Gallery. Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Favreau, from 2020), titled “Cast” (1x 03), It was planned that none other than Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) would go to the other neighborhood in the chapter “The Sin” (1x 03) . The occasion, in fact, painted her bald: Din Djarin, the protagonist bounty hunter, mocks him when he had him pointed at his own ship, the Razor Crest, so that he did not run away and shoots him in the chest. Such was to be his untimely end in The Mandalorian , and Weathers would later act as another character, an alien whose facial prosthetics could keep his face hidden. But Favreau and company changed their minds , and the ingots of beskar that Karga was carrying In the inside pocket of his bib they stopped the shot.
The same creator of The Mandalorian and executive producer Dave Filoni ( The Clone Wars ) explain it very well in Disney Gallery : “I asked him to come out as a favor, ”says Favreau. “Carl had to come for the first episode and the third and that's it, kill him and go.” And Filoni intervenes: “He arrived, he began to speak and we did not want to cover his face” . And Weathers himself delves into it: “People put on the series if there are known names; Show your face! ” And it is that the actor had played Apollo Creed in the first four movies of Rocky (John G. Avildsen, Sylvester Stallone, 1976 – 1985) and George Dillon in Predator (John McTiernan, 1987), so that fame is superfluous inside and outside the United States among the generations that have sailed both sagas.
Weathers began his career as a protester of Harry the Strong (Ted Post, 1973), the second film of the five about Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood). Later he was seen as Bad Sam in the episode “The Brothers Caine” (3x 20) of Kung Fu (Ed Spielman and Herman Miller, 1972 – 1975) and, after Rocky , in the skin of Al Martin in the chapter “Nightmare” (2x 11) of Starsky and Hutch (William Blinn, 1975 – 1979)) or as a military police officer for Encounters in the third phase (Steven Spielberg, 1977)). And, after Predator , it was Carl Brewster in Road to Hell (L. Travis Clark and Steve Duncan, 1987 – 1990), Joe Clark in The Shield (Shawn Ryan, 2002 – 2008) or himself at Arrested Development (Mitchell Hurwitz, from 2003).
Gina Carano ( Deadpool ), the actress who plays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian , he covers Weathers with praise and what he says makes his charisma clear: “Seeing you was beautiful, Carl. You have a powerful and beautiful voice. It's like a song and everyone hears it. We looked at each other and thought, “That's what a superstar is like.” You have been a superstar, and it is an honor to have shared scenes with you. ” But the characteristics of Greef Karga will also have had something to do with his determined preservation: “This character has something that reminds me of a combination between John Huston [Chinatown] and Orson Welles [Ciudadano Kane]: he has a lot of presence, he is someone whose presence imposes even if he doesn't try, but he is. When he gets anywhere, he takes the place ”. We will see what lasts us in this galactic series.
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