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Pedro Pascal Recalls Choosing Another Netflix Series Over ‘Daredevil’.

Key Points:

  • Pedro Pascal revealed he had to back out of a supporting role in Marvel’s Daredevil to take the lead in Narcos
  • Pascal was going to test for a lawyer character in Daredevil when the bigger Narcos opportunity came along
  • After Narcos, Pascal landed major roles like The Mandalorian and may soon join the MCU as Reed Richards

During a recent career retrospective, Pedro Pascal opened up about a pivotal decision early in his career – choosing the Netflix series Narcos over a supporting part in Marvel’s Daredevil. The role would have marked Pascal’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the opportunity to lead Narcos was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Why Pedro Pascal Turned Down Daredevil Role for Narcos?

Pedro Pascal - The Last of Us
Pedro Pascal – The Last of Us

According to Pascal, he auditioned for both Narcos and Daredevil around the same time. For Daredevil, he was up for a supporting lawyer character he couldn’t recall the name of. “It was like a supporting character [for Daredevil]… He was a lawyer, I can’t remember the name…” Pascal said.

Pascal was set to test for the Daredevil role when Narcos came back with an offer for him to take on the lead part of DEA agent Javier Peña after initially passing on him. It forced Pascal to choose between the two Netflix shows.

“So, I was going to test for that role, and so, to intercept the test, they ended up offering me the Narcos [role]. It was like Netflix against Netflix,” Pascal explained of having to back out of Daredevil.

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Pedro Pascal’s Star Continued To Rise After Narcos Success

Pedro Pascal via Seth Meyers
Pedro Pascal via Seth Meyers

While Pascal may have missed out on an early MCU role, his decision to lead Narcos clearly paid off. The acclaimed performance as Peña earned him further praise and bigger opportunities.

He followed it up almost immediately with his star-making, fan-favorite role as Din Djarin/The Mandalorian in the Disney+ hit series. Pascal is now set to reprise that character on the big screen in the upcoming film The Mandalorian & Grogu.

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Most recently, Pascal has drawn rave reviews and award nominations for his performance as Joel in HBO’s The Last of Us video game adaptation. There are also widespread reports that Pascal will soon make his MCU debut as a leading man by playing Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot, though it’s not officially confirmed yet.

Source: SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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