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Pedro Pascal has hilarious nickname for Gladiator II colleague Paul Mescal

Pedro Pascal has hilarious nickname for Gladiator II colleague Paul Mescal

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When you work so closely with someone, chances are you start giving each other nicknames. Pedro Pascal has come up with the funniest nickname for his Gladiator II colleague Paul Mescal.

It was revealed during CinemaCon, and in the first official images released this week, that the two would be facing off in the Gladiator Arena. It turns out that it won’t be the only time they’ll cross swords.

Pascal and Mescal were so fiercely involved that the Last of Us star gave the Irishman a nickname: Brick Wall Paul.

He told Vanity Fair: “It’s brutal, man. I call him Brick Wall Paul. He got so strong. I’d rather get thrown off a building than have to fight him again.

‘To go up against someone so fit and talented and so much younger… Besides the fact that Ridley is a total genius, Paul is a huge reason why I would subject my poor body to that experience.’

Everyone was very complimentary about Paul during the interview. Director Ridley Scott even said that Mescal didn’t even have to audition or screen test for the role. He called him ‘a special find’.

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Paul Mescal Photo: Kate Green/Getty Images for BAFTA

He said, ‘When I watch something, I tend to look at who’s interesting. So almost four years ago, when I was watching a TV show that wasn’t really my kind of TV show, I said, “Who’s this guy?”

“I met him (via Zoom) and he said, ‘Sure, I’d love to do it.’ And that was it. We were off and running with the ball. He was a special find. He was absolutely perfect.”

Pedro Pascal Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Image
Pedro Pascal Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Image

Mescal confirmed that this was the case, saying that the two talked for about 20 to 30 minutes because he wanted to “get a taste of what the story would be about.”

They also got to talking about Gaelic Football, with the Maynooth man suggesting it might have helped him with the physical aspects of the role.

You can see Paul Mescal and Pedro Pascal in Gladiator II when it hits Irish cinemas on November 15

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