During a conversation with GQ, Pascal revealed that The Last of Us is in the capable hands of Neil Druckmann. When asked how the script of the series fits in with the video game, Pascal responded, “There is a very, very creative way to honor what’s important and also keep what’s emblematic of the video game experience as well as [to include] things you don’t necessarily expect. And then the directions you expect it to go, or maybe not… they do really smart stuff, that’s all I can say.”
The Mandalorian actor linked Druckmann’s work on The Last of Us to the work of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. The duo’s love of Star Wars was evident in their work on The Mandalorian and its subsequent spin-offs that revived the franchise. Pascal says Druckmann and co-writer Craig Mazin love The Last of Us equally and will strive to make a series that fans of the games will enjoy.
The Game of Thrones star revealed that his take on Joel won’t be an exact replica of Baker’s performance in the video game. Although he did not have the necessary skills to play the game, he watched his nephew play some of them but wanted to maintain a healthy distance to avoid being imitated. “I found Joel so impressive – I found the whole thing such a visually impressive experience,” he said, “and then I got worried that I wanted to imitate too much, which I think might be right in some circumstances and then wrong in others. So I just wanted to create a healthy distance and have it more in the hands of Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.”
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