When Disney+ first launched in November 2019, Lucasfilm took a major step forward with the Star Wars narrative with the addition of The Mandalorian, an episodic look into a post-Episode VI universe. Now, the show is one of the best-reviewed Star Wars projects in history, having won multiple Emmy awards during its first two seasons and setting the stage for the franchise's expansion into the streaming world.
The Mandalorian has done an incredible job putting major stars like Pedro Pascal and Ming-Na Wen into the spotlight, while also highlighting Star Wars legends like Temuera Morrison and Mark Hamill. However, even with how much these actors have enjoyed making the show, the excitement has spread throughout all of Hollywood as more fans enjoy the show's first two seasons.
While not every actor out there necessarily wants to be directly involved with The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm's first Disney+ outing has built up an impressive fan base consisting of everyday diehards and the top stars in the industry.
Now confirmed to be a part of this fan base is Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, who convinced one of his other famous friends to get into the hype.
Leo DiCaprio Convinced Jonah Hill to Watch Mando
In an interview with W Magazine, Academy Award-nominee Jonah Hill revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio convinced him to watch The Mandalorian.
When asked if he'd ever lied about watching a popular show, Hill went a bit off-topic and admitted that he doesn't usually "watch sci-fi" and revealed a rule that he has for projects. If the subject matter can't happen in real life, Hill doesn't watch it, although that changed after working with DiCaprio on Netflix's Don't Look Up.
Hill remembered DiCaprio raving about how "Baby Yoda was so cute," even though Hill had no interest in watching the show before that interaction:
"I've done that when I was a kid. It's embarrassing. Can I go off on a tangent for a second? I don’t watch sci-fi and stuff like that, so I had never seen Game of Thrones. Never seen an episode. I started in the past couple of months. I’m on season 4. I used to have a rule: If it didn't happen or it couldn't happen, then I just wasn't interested, because I would lose focus. Leo made me watch The Mandalorian when we were making Don't Look Up, and it was like, Baby Yoda was so cute, but I just didn't give a fuck because I didn't know anything that it was about."
Hill Now Part of Mando's Fan Base
Although stars like Jonah Hill are always working on their own big projects, it's fun hearing about the fandoms they are a part of in their spare time off-camera. That said, hearing that one of the most famous actors of the modern era in Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan of The Mandalorian is an exciting development for Lucasfilm, Disney, and the show's rabid viewers.
DiCaprio's resume speaks for itself with six Oscar nominations since 1994 and a Best Actor win for The Revenant in 2016. Although he's never dipped into the superhero genre or any sci-fi franchises like Star Wars, being so invested in The Mandalorian proves just how wide of a reach the show has built over the past two years.
Hill and DiCaprio's place in the fandom simply adds to the impressive lore and legacy The Mandalorian continues to build as it streams on Disney+. As viewers wait for the events of Season 3 after numerous other Lucasfilm projects like The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, it will be exciting to find out which other Hollywood icons have joined the fun in the galaxy far, far away.
The first two seasons of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney+. Season 3 is currently filming, although there is no set release date.