Giancarlo Esposito names his favorite Mandalorian costar: Gina Carano

Gina Carano as Cara Dune in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+
Gina Carano as Cara Dune in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+ /

Earlier this year, Disney fired actor Gina Carano from its Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian for what it described as “abhorrent and unacceptablesocial media activity. Carano played the former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune and was being set up for her own spinoff, but now the third season of The Mandalorian is now filming without her.

But that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten. Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the villainous Moff Gideon, brought her up at FAN EXPO Denver when asked who his favorite costar was:

"I have to say, and this may be… Okay, I’ll say it without hesitation: Gina Carano. I’m not gonna weigh in on any of that in particular other than, any of her political beliefs or what she said, whether I think it’s inappropriate or appropriate or not. We as actors probably sometimes – I know for me – I should just shut my mouth. But sometimes I can’t. I gotta say what I believe because it has to go on record. I loved working with her. She’s warm and beautiful and wonderful, and you know, I don’t care what her politics are. I love the fact that she came to acting late and that she was so raw and original and beautiful, and I just think she’s a lovely person. So I shout her out and say she’s one of my favorites."

Fair enough.

Is Gina Carano returning to The Mandalorian?

For the record, Disney fired Carano for mocking the practice of pronoun-sharing, mocking the practice of wearing masks during the pandemic, peddling former President Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, and finally likening the way American conservatives are criticized to how Jews were treated during the Nazi Holocaust. Being an image-conscious company, it’s not too surprising that it would take action.

Esposito’s comments focus on what a lovely person Carano is, and I’m sure she is lovely, but her personality has little to do with why she was let go. I’m glad they had a good working relationship.

Carano has landed on her feet, pairing with right-wing outlet The Daily Wire to produce a western called Terror On The Prairie. The controversy surrounding her ouster from Disney has died down, but I doubt she’ll be welcomed back to that galaxy far, far away anytime soon.

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