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Ewan was first to praise Pedro in The Mandalorian.
“It pulled me back into the Star Wars world, the Mandalorian series, in a way I didn’t expect,” he shared. “It blew me away how much I loved it.”
He also revealed his love for Baby Yoda, aka Grogu, which Pedro said that he kept secret until his appearance.
“That may literally be the very first secret that I’ve ever kept,” Pedro joked. “Don’t share anything personal with me! But there’s so much seriousness around leaked information, and I find it all just a bit too much. I tell my family everything, and I didn’t with Grogu. I didn’t even know what his name was going to be until the second season, but I could just tell that it was going to have such an impact.”
He continued, “When I saw the image of this thing, and started reading the scripts and everything, I didn’t want to compromise that in any way. It was easy to not talk about it because it was like, ‘Nah, I want this to work.’”
“I don’t give away too many secrets about how it works, but there are these incredible puppets, and one can be done remotely that is more conducive to wider shots. And then there’s one that’s very, very plugged in, and its eyeballs are moving around, its eyebrows are moving — it’s all of the sort of like muscular details of its face and ears and everything. And these guys are so talented, and they get the puppet to sort of act with you in the scene.”
Ewan reflected on his own experience with Yoda in the prequel trilogy and revealed he worked alongside a puppet.
“It was extraordinary, because I acted with him. I couldn’t believe I was acting with Yoda,” he told Pedro.
“Then they replaced him for our second film and our third film with the digital version of him, and it’s not nearly as endearing,” Ewan shared. “Also, we know Yoda as a puppet. We know him from the original movies as a puppet. So when it was suddenly computer-generated, it didn’t feel like Yoda to me anymore. It was interesting that it went back to an actual puppet with your series.”
Just recently, Ewan opened up about why he said yes to return to the Star Wars franchise.