The Mandalorian Villain Explains What It Means to Play a Bad Guy Who isn’t a Villainby Jenny Thomson Writer
Moff Gideon is the villain of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. Giancarlo Esposito plays the character and in an interview with IndieWire; he explained that he considers himself a colorless actor.
“I have strived in my career to be colorless,” Giancarlo Esposito told IndieWire.
Can you name all the villains of Star Wars? Emperor Palpatine, Grand Moff Tarkin, Director Krennic, General Hux, General Maximillian Veers, Kylo Ren, and of course the Darth Vader.
Can you tell what is common in all of them? White male actors played all of them. So, in today’s time when there is an intense debate over race and gender, Giancarlo Esposito believes that his character can be a “corrective” to the theory that “only white males are villains.”
Gideon is no stranger to being a villain and could prove to be the biggest challenge ever faced by Mando. He appeared in the final two episodes of season 1. Esposito feels very honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Star Wars franchise as he calls himself a “fan” ever since the franchise started that is back in the 1970s.
Giancarlo Esposito calls himself “mixed” race and hasn’t faced any issues while playing Moff Gideon. He told IndieWire via a phone call interview, “I am of mixed race. Half Italian and Half American.”
He openly confessed that he had played “thugs, killers, robbers” all his life, so when he got a call from Jon Favreau, he thought that it was “his crowning moment.”
Giancarlo Esposito is a familiar face to Breaking Bad fans as he worked in both Bryan Cranston’s starrer “Breaking Bad” and also its prequel “Better Call Saul.” However, Moff Gideon is unlike anything Esposito has done before because the character is more ruthless and could terminate anyone if that is necessary for him to do to get what he desires.
In the series, “The Mandalorian”, he leads the ruin of a Galactic Empire at a corner of a galaxy. He desired to capture an alien named “The Child” who is being protected by the protagonist Mando who is played by Narcos and Game of Thrones famed Pedro Pascal.
The creator of the Star Wars, the legendary George Lucas correlated the Galactic Empire with infamous Nazi Germany of the world war 2. Though characteristics and of Star Wars villains can be traced back to the far-right ideology of fascism Esposito feels that “the belief of superiority could appeal to people across all genders, race and religion.”
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