Pedro Pascal has revealed that he has not played The Last Of Us out of fear that he would “imitate” Joel’s character in the live-action TV adaptation. In an interview with GQ, The Mandalorian actor revealed that he had tried his hand at the game but admitted: “it was only a matter of minutes before I had to hand it over to my nephew.”
“It’s so sad, I haven’t any skill.” Pascal says, adding that he watched his nephew “for as long as I was able to that day, and then I had to leave Florida.”
Pascal praised the “impressive” nature of Joel’s character and the game but opted to put a “healthy distance” between himself and the game for the adaptation. Pascal admitted that he was “worried that I would want to imitate too much, which I think could be right in some circumstances, and then a mistake in others.”
The challenge of adapting a video game into a TV series is no easy feat, and Pascal weighed in with his thoughts. He compared the show’s development in a similar vein to The Mandalorian, affirming that with Neil Druckmann and Craig at the helm, the show is “in good hands because they love it so much.”
“Well, clearly Neil created the video game, but Craig loves it so much. So it really is made for the people that love it. And there's some very intense storytelling for people who might be less familiar.” he adds.
The Last Of Us TV series will star Pedro Pascal alongside Bella Ramsey (Ellie). Supporting cast members include Gabriel Luna (Tommy), Anna Torv (Tess), Nico Parker (Sarah), Nick Offerman (Bill), Storm Reid (Riley), and Merle Dandridge (Marlene).
Currently, Pascal is also set to star alongside Nicholas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, premiering in UK cinemas from April 22.