The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal has opened up about filming the upcoming queer Western Strange Way of Life.

Back in June 2022, director Pedro Almodóvar announced that he was working on a 30-minute short film with the Massive Talent star and Ethan Hawke.

Described as his “answer to Brokeback Mountain,” the director also revealed that Pascal would be playing a gunslinger named Silva, with Hawke stepping into the role of a Sherrif named Jake.

“One of them travels through the desert to find the other. There will be a showdown between them, but really the story is very intimate,” Almodóvar explained to Indie Wire at the time.

Over the last few months, LGBTQ+ movie enthusiasts have been eager to learn more about the film – which is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In a recent interview with Insider, Pascal opened up about filming the queer project and working with the esteemed director Almodóvar.

“It could have been anything that [Almodóvar] asked me to do, and I would have done it without question,” The Mandalorian actor told the news outlet.

“He absolutely opened up an entire world of storytelling, colour, culture, rebellion, and sexuality that was just absolutely intoxicating, dangerous, hilarious, heartbreaking, and encompassing the whole spectrum, but with such a signature style.”


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In addition to Almodóvar, Pascal also gushed about working with Hawke, which he described as an “incredible opportunity.”

“To get to work with Ethan [Hawke], whose movies I’ve seen since I was a little kid, who I’ve seen on stage off-Broadway, on Broadway, whose books I’ve read, whose plays I’ve seen him direct, and big movie, small movies, horror movies,” he said.

“It was really an incredible opportunity to go, learn, and to enjoy the experience of being on the level of people like that. Taking it all in was incredible.”

Pascal’s heartwarming admission comes a few months after Almodóvar gave further insight into what viewers can expect from Strange Way of Life.

“It’s about masculinity in a deep sense because the Western is a male genre. What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western,” he explained during an episode of Dua Lipa’s At Your Service podcast.

“It has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has the sheriff, but what it has that most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western film has ever captured between two men. And now I think I’m telling you a little bit too much.”

We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the sure-to-be captivating queer Western.