What's on Tap

What's on Tap

'Mandalorian' villain talks season 3 at GalaxyCon Raleigh

Posted July 31, 2021 6:05 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2021 7:34 a.m. EDT

— Giancarlo Esposito has made a living playing some sinister characters in shows like "Breaking Bad" and "The Mandalorian." In the latter, Esposito's Moff Gideon kidnapped The Child aka Grogu aka Baby Yoda and put him in little handcuffs!

Esposito said his roles have caused some people to treat him with caution in person. In an interview at GalaxyCon Raleigh, Esposito recalled a time he was waiting in line for the bathroom on an airplane and woman recognized him.

"The lady hit the wall. She literally hit the wall for me. And I went, 'No you've been in line,'" he said. "She said, 'You can go before me.' Guys, I was like, what's wrong with this lady? I thought she was like sick or having a heart attack or something. And I realized, oh my gosh, she thought I was the character (from "Breaking Bad")."

In person, Esposito is calm, soft spoken and charismatic. He's also quite fond of Baby Yoda.

Esposito said filming of season three of "The Mandalorian" is starting soon. He confirmed that we will be seeing more of his character, Moff Gideon, but was tight-lipped on the plot.

"They just finished shooting Boba Fett and soon they will start on season three," Esposito said.

The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal, is in Canada shooting the HBO show "The Last of Us," but don't expect his presence to hold up filming.

"We never have to wait on Pedro," Esposito said, noting that the title character wears a helmet a lot leaving Pascal the option to voice the character when he can't be in the suit.

But with Mando taking off his helmet at the end of the season two, many of speculated that we might be seeing more of Pascal's face this season.

"I can't speak to that. I mean, I know he'd love to be more off the helmet, but you know, his job is to be in the helmet. You know what I mean? That, that's the deal," Esposito said.

Fans can see Esposito at GalaxyCon Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center Friday and Saturday. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Esposito talked with our WRAL Kid Reporter Colton at GalaxyCon on Thursday. Watch the video with this story to hear who the most famous person on his phone is, plus more!

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