There can't be Star Wars without any drama.
In many cases, that drama comes in the form of behind the scenes difficulties. The BTS Star Wars problems date as far back as the original film, where an uncooperative crew, disappointing early visual effects, and studio blow back briefly landed George Lucas in the hospital. Many more setbacks presented themselves over the course of creating the Original Trilogy, but the prequel films largely went off without a hitch, save for a major storm in Tunisia and the strain of creating digital characters.
The issues surrounding the Disney Star Wars productions have been well documented. The Force Awakens saw the dismissal of the original screenwriter, Michael Arndt, and Harrison Ford broke his leg in the Millennium Falcon. Rogue One required very extensive re-shoots that completely retooled the film's third act, and both Solo and what became The Rise of Skywalker both had their initial directors sacked and resulted in rushed productions. The Last Jedi, ironically, had the smoothest developmental process, despite being perhaps the most controversial project of the new bunch.
Things seemed to be going well for The Mandalorian also. From the sounds of things, production on the series has been a great collaborative process with no significant issues to speak of. But one rumor surfaced recently that alleged Pedro Pascal was unhappy with his helmeted role, and that he even left the series. Is there any truth to that? Let's hear from the man himself...
During a UK television interview via Twitter user Aaron Corr, actor Pedro Pascal said that rumors regarding his desire to be out of Din Djarin's helmet are untrue, and that he's happy to do whatever is best for the show. Pascal shared:
"It's a really wonderful way of telling a story. It's always been a very clear creed for the character. The collaborative process of the whole thing... We've all been on the same page with this... What I want is for them to make the best show possible, however they get that done."
The clip from the interview can be seen below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
This should effectively put to bend any and all rumors regarding this matter. The claim that Pascal was unhappy with being helmeted as Din Djarin always smelled of an attempt to manufacture drama and spool up the show's fans, so it's not even the least bit surprising that there's no truth to the words.
Din Djarin's creed forbidding members from removing their helmets in front of others is a central element of the character, and Pascal obviously knew that going in. The actor has actually embraced the challenges of needing to portray thoughts and feelings through subtle body movements, citing his theater work as the experience needed to make such a performance possible.
The Mandalorian has had the smoothest Star Wars production of the Disney era, by far. The runner-up goes to The Last Jedi, but even that film saw significant differences in opinion regarding the portrayal of certain characters, namely between Mark Hamill and director Rian Johnson. All indicators point to the making of The Mandalorian being a fantastic experience for the cast, crew, and creators, and it's backed up by the final product seen on-screen and the overwhelming enthusiasm fans have for the show.
The Mandalorian isn't going anywhere. Pedro Pascal isn't going anywhere. The actor even said recently that any new spinoff stories must have to involve his character in some capacity, and he'd certainly be down to make an appearance. Pascal's desire to play Din Djarin remains high, and he'll be in it for the long haul as this iconic hero's journey continues.