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Gina Carano Discusses The Mysterious Backstory for Cara Dune Coming Into The Mandalorian

Discussion in 'The Mandalorian' started by SWNN Probe, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Gina Carano finally made her debut as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian's fourth and most recent episode, 'Sanctuary'. The actor and mixed martial arts athlete sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about how she came to be a part of Star Wars, the secretive history of Cara Dune (and the significance of her tattoos), her very physical role on set, and working with Bryce Dallas Howard. 





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    Since we got our first look at Cara Dune, fans anxiously awaited her appearance as soon as The Mandalorian dropped on Disney+. That introduction didn't come until the fourth episode, 'Sanctuary' – but what an introduction! Brian Davids of The Hollywood Reporter notes in his interview that Cara Dune came into the scene in a 'Han Solo or a gunslinger-in-the-corner-of-the-saloon-type introduction'. Dune, like the Mandalorian, appears to be something of a loner. With the cause of the Rebellion she once fought for seemingly convoluted with New Republic politics, Dune wanders, hiding from bounty hunters and using her skills when needed as a mercenary. It's notable in the THR piece that Jon Favreau wrote this character with Carano specifically in mind, with the character's name even serving as a hat-tip to the actor portraying her.



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    There's a lot to take out of this interview, but we'll mention a few of the highlights. The first thing to jump off the page at me: that fight scene. It turns out the conception of her fight scene with the Mandalorian differed from what we ended up seeing onscreen.



    On how the scene originally played out from Carano speaking to The Hollywood Reporter:

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    Interesting. I wonder if originally one character had the upper-hand in the fight. If so, I think the change serves both characters better, making them equals in their abilities. One of my favorite bits was Carano talking about her own stunt work, fight scenes, and the relationship she has with stunt coordinators and performers.



    Carano, from the same interview:

    I've often felt, somewhat in the back of my head, stunt performers and coordinators have rather thankless job, so I love that Carano brings their sensibilities and considerations to her performance. Carano not only talks about working with Favreau and the stunt coordinators, she also speaks to how much she enjoyed working with Bryce Dallas Howard.



    Carano on Howard:
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    My biggest take from this interview came from the discussions about Cara Dune's past. The mercenary we met in 'Sanctuary' seems to have a deep history with the Rebel Alliance, being a shock trooper and a veteran of the Battle of Endor. Other than the vague sentiments about staying out of politics, we don't really know much more about why Dune left the New Republic and turned to a life of a mercenary. Dune says she's still unclear about it, though showrunner and creator Jon Favreau will occasionally drop hints.



    Carano on Dune's past:

    I'd expect to learn a lot more about Dune as the series continues. The character is already a hit with fans. Selfishly, I'd love a comic series about her time in the Rebellion, but perhaps that's a story we'll get in The Mandalorian.



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    Also, there seems to be a story behind Dune's tattoos:

    Pretty cool to see there's much more to these tattoos and how they connect to the greater Star Wars story.



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    Be sure to head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full interview. There's more cool stuff, including Carano's reaction to meeting Baby Yoda and her sense of pride in the hard work she's put into The Mandalorian. I have a feeling Gina Carano and Cara Dune are here to stay!





    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter





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    I hope we get to see her use that machine gun in the future! Maclunkey.
     
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    I have to say, when I was reading about the series before it aired, there were lots of people concerned about her acting. Having never seen her in something before, I didn't have anything to rely on other than their commentary, so when she appeared on screen, I was prepared for a stilted performance.

    MAN WAS I SURPRISED! I absolutely loved her, and every moment she was on the screen, I smiled. There's an energy to her and a great "best buddy" chemistry with the Mando that I would really enjoy seeing developed as the season progresses.
     
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    She is GREAT! Neat, new, vibe for a SW female character. She kind of reminds me of Vasquez from Aliens-kickass and jokey with the team. Lots of personality and stamina. Digging her so far and love how they really show her and Mando as equals.
     
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    Gina played Cara very well. So glad she broke the ice by having a fight scene with the Mandalorian & TINY got a ringside seat to it.
     
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