THE MANDALORIAN Star Giancarlo Esposito Reveals Which STAR WARS Villain Has Inspired His Performance

There’s an awful lot we don’t know about Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon, and while his connection to the Darksaber is perhaps the biggest lingering mystery right now, fans are anxious to see more from him for a variety of reasons in season two of The Mandalorian

We know he’s desperate to get his hands on The Child, while learning more about Gideon will mean we should also find out what exactly happened to the Empire after the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Talking of the latter, Esposito has now revealed how the Sith Lord inspired his villain.

Starting by admitting that he felt “ill-equipped” to accept the role of Moff Gideon due to his lack of knowledge about the Star Wars Universe, he used Vader to help him create this character. 

“[Thinking] about what that character is, you ask a lot of questions as I do, and then I thought immediately, ‘Wow, James Earl Jones. Darth Vader.’ How he affected me in my life,” Esposito explained. “Who was inside that helmet, who was inside that costume. That could be a part of who Moff Gideon is, but guess what? I don’t have to wear the helmet.”

Adding that he wanted the character to be “someone who you might think could save the universe,” the actor made it clear that he wants to create a mysterious and complex villain who will force viewers to question whether he’s a hero or villain. After all, we still don’t know why he wants The Child!

There have been hints that cloning could have something to do with it, but whether that’s going to tie into how Emperor Palpatine managed to survive Return of the Jedi is impossible to say.

What do you guys think?

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