November 2019 changed the game for Star Wars and Lucasfilm. It was the month that Disney+ first launched, and with it came the first Star Wars live-action TV show, The Mandalorian.
The Pedro Pascal-led show was a step forward for the Star Wars universe and added to its post-Episode VI narrative. Fast forward 2 seasons later; the show has now become one of the most beloved and best-reviewed Star Wars shows in history.
It has brought home several Emmy awards for Lucasfilm during its first two seasons. Also, it has set the stage for the franchise’s expansion into the world of streaming.
The Mandalorian has put major stars like Ming-Na Wen and Pedro Pascal into the spotlight while also ensuring that Star Wars veterans like Mark Hamill and Temuera Morrison get their due as well.
The Mandalorian is now a pop-culture phenomenon that has spread beyond the Star Wars fanbase. Even Hollywood legends are loving the show.
Not every actor wants to be a part of the show. But they do love watching it. After all, Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars show has built up an impressive fan base of diehards who are also recognized stars in the industry.
It has now been confirmed that Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio is a part of this fanbase. And he convinced one of his popular friends to give The Mandalorian a watch.
Sitting down for an interview with W Magazine, Academy Award-nominated actor Jonah Hill said that Leonardo DiCaprio finally convinced him to watch The Mandalorian.
The interviewer asked him if he had ever lied about watching a popular show. Hill then went a little off-topic and said that he isn’t too much into sci-fi. He explained that if he finds the subject matter impossible, i.e., can’t happen in life, then he doesn’t care about it.
This is a rule that he follows for projects. However, he bent that rule when he worked with DiCaprio on the new Netflix project Don’t Look Up.
Hill talked about DiCaprio going on and on about Baby Yoda’s cuteness, even though Hill had expressed zero interest in watching the show before that conversation.
Here is what Hill said:
“I’ve done that when I was a kid. It’s embarrassing. Can I go off on a tangent for a second? I don’t watch sci-fi and stuff like that, so I had never seen Game of Thrones. Never seen an episode. I started in the past couple of months. I’m on season 4. I used to have a rule: If it didn’t happen or it couldn’t happen, then I just wasn’t interested, because I would lose focus. Leo made me watch The Mandalorian when we were making Don’t Look Up, and it was like, Baby Yoda was so cute, but I just didn’t give a fuck because I didn’t know anything that it was about.”
Stars like DiCaprio and Hill are always involved with their own projects. So it often feels like they are above things like fandom. But it’s fun to hear that they too are part of fandoms and enjoy watching famous shows in their downtime.
DiCaprio’s love for The Mandalorian must have made fans happy. After all, DiCaprio is one of the top stars of the industry. His resume boasts of 6 Oscar nominations since 1994 and a win for the 2016 movie The Revenant.
He has never been a part of sci-fi movies like Star Wars. So listening about his love for The Mandalorian proves that the show has a wide reach that goes well beyond what we all previously thought.
DiCaprio and Hill’s place in the fandom just adds to the amazing legacy that The Mandalorian is still building. Right now season 3 is in production, although as per reports, it might have hit a snag. It is rumored to air after projects like The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Now we are curious to know which other Hollywood stars share a secret love for The Mandalorian and other shows set in the Star Wars universe.
You can check out the first 2 seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+. Season 3 doesn’t have a set release date yet.
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