With his work on Game of Thrones and Narcos, Pedro Pascal obviously knows his way around ambitious storytelling. That being said, he admitted that he and co-star Matt Damon were “gobsmacked” during production of The Great Wall. The actors play mercenaries who find themselves in over their head during their journey along the Great Wall.
One huge reason for The Great Wall’s epic scope comes from filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the artist behind Hero and The House of Flying Daggers. Pascal has appreciated Yimou’s films from an early age. “I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager,” says Pascal. “And so I’m not lying when I say there wasn’t a moment in my life that I ever imagined that I’d get to be in a movie directed by Zhang Yimou. It still seems surreal to me, especially to be a part of a movie of this size with him at the helm.”
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The Great Wall, co-starring Willem Dafoe, opens February 17.