With The Mandalorian Season 2 finally arriving on Disney+ in a few weeks, interest in the series is once again peaking. But a simple Google search for “The Mandalorian” shows all sorts of articles claiming Din Djarin himself (Pedro Pascal) quit filming halfway through Season 2 after complaining about not being able to show his face under that iconic helmet.
Showbiz rumors are one of the most prolific forms of entertainment coverage, going all the way back to the days of Hedda Hopper. Nowadays, covering the possibly-true goings-on of Hollywood has moved to Twitter and YouTube, but in a time of unprecedented information access, these rumors can be easily debunked if you know the right place to look.
The rumor of Pascal’s departure started with infamous leaker Grace Randolph, who claimed half of Mando’s scenes in Season 2 were filmed by his body double after Pascal complained about not getting to show his face. This doesn’t exactly scan with past interviews with one of Pascal’s two body and stunt doubles, Brendan Wayne (John Wayne’s grandson!), who said the Mandalorian star is incredibly cooperative.