You will be surprised to know that he got it with the help of a friend. You will be more bewildered when I would tell you the name of that friend.
Firstly, we can all agree that Pedro Pascal’s career began after his role as Oberyn Martell in Season 4 of Game of Thrones. The fans grew a liking for the character not only because of his good looks and an irresistible charm but also because of his gruesome death at the hands of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane at the end of Season 4.
Apparently, Pedro Pascal had reserved his role as Oberyn Martell in the colossal hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” by taking help from his friend, who is none other than “Ratched” star Sarah Paulson.
Don’t you believe me? Head over to Variety’s interview with David Benioff and confirm it for yourself.
Sarah Paulson acted as a mediator between Pascal and Benioff
Pascal shot a video of himself in Oberyn Martell’s character and then convinced his friend Sarah Paulson to forward that video to Amanda Peet, who is the spouse of none other than David Benioff. Right then, Pedro Pascal did show that even if you have a lot of talent, you mustn’t be afraid of using your social network.
David Benioff recently gave an interview to Variety in which he revealed that he did receive a video from Pedro Pascal, which had traveled to him not only in an unusual way but also the quality of the footage was not at the level one expects from an audition tape. Benioff knew that the video had been shot with an iPhone. However, he became so impressed with Pascal’s performance that all the other issues disappeared from his mind.
He extrapolated his audition issues by saying that the video wasn’t even shot with a fancy iPhone camera. It was shot from an old iPhone with an angle that was not even professional. However, Benioff was mighty impressed with the performance. He said that Pascal’s performance was the only thing right about that “amateurish” video. He looked passionate, believable, and just pitch-perfect.
Benioff added that Oberyn Martell was not an easy role to cast. It was the middle of the season, and the production team needed someone that can engross the audience with his charisma, appeal, rage, and humor for a short amount of time. Oberyn Martell not only needed to show his anger when called upon but also be funny and sensitive when needed.
We all know how Pascal fits into that role perfectly, and even though he was a secondary character, his charm and hideous vendetta was the central plot of the entire season.
The anger that was referenced in the interview was Oberyn’s desire for revenge against The Mountain for the assault of his sister as well as her brutal murder along with her children at the end of Robert’s Rebellion against the Targaryen rule in Westeros. The plot was barely mentioned in the show but has been extensively written in the books.
Oberyn tried to save Tyrion Lannister from the trial of combat and also tried to carry out his act of revenge against The Mountain, but he was unable to do so and was killed mercilessly by The Mountain.
The Mountain did not die until the final episode of the show, where his brother Sandor “The Hound” Clegane sacrificed himself while pushing his brother from the Red Keep amidst a burning King’s Landing.
Apart from Game of Thrones, Pedro Pascal has performed some interesting roles in the series like Narcos, The Mentalist, and Community. He currently stars in the Disney+ show “The Mandalorian,” Season 2 of which is going to be released on October the 30th.