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.”
Click on the media bar to hear Pascal talk about the “thrilling storytelling” that makes up The Great Wall.
The Great Wall, co-starring Willem Dafoe, opens February 17.
Filmmaker Zhang Yimou is considered one of cinema’s greatest visualists, and his ambitious work in Hero and House of Flying Daggers is a testament to that opinion. Now he teams up with Matt Damon for The Great Wall, an epic about a couple of travelers (Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal) who get swept up in the epic battle between monsters and warriors.
In the story, the Great Wall was not created to protect China from invaders. Instead, its barrier serves as a temporary safeguard from monsters who attack the region every 60 years. Though Damon is the film’s headliner, the picture features an international cast including Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Kenny Lin, Cheney Chen, and revered star Andy Lau.
Damon has been a lifelong fan of Yimou’s work, as he’s been wanting to collaborate with the filmmaker for years. Click on the media bar below to hear Damon talk about Yimou’s talents as a filmmaker.