Director Pedro Almodóvar’s highly anticipated “Strange Way Of Life” dropped its first poster featuring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, and the internet could not get enough of it. Much of the film was shot in Spain, with costumes designed by Yves Saint Laurent. In a recent interview with Esquire, Pascal revealed that he has long hoped to work with Almodóvar. The director spoke to the outlet about Pascal’s performance, saying “I asked Pedro to play someone solid, emotional, crafty, a cheat if necessary, warmhearted. And he played all those nuances with incredible ease.”
Here is a new poster for Pedro Almodóvar's "Strange Way of Life." The 30-minute queer Western is confirmed to debut at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and features Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as leads.
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) April 11, 2023
The film is set to follow Hawke and Pascal as their characters reunite after years apart, with their friendship possibly turning romantic. The 30-minute queer focused Western is now officially to debut at Cannes this May. Stills from the film are also receiving viral attention online, with comparisons being drawn to the previous famous queer Western film “Brokeback Mountain.”
???? Official confirmation!
Pedro Almodóvar will present his short film Strange Way of Life in world premiere at #Cannes2023 with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal! The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaking team.
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— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) April 11, 2023
Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke playing gay cowboys? And I’m just supposed to survive this?? pic.twitter.com/D0SgkN3vQP
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) April 11, 2023
Both Pascal and Hawke will reportedly attend the screening.
Pedro Pascal is confirmed to attend the 76th Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of 'Strange Way of Life' pic.twitter.com/Ta4umx2VPb
— Pedro Pascal Daily (@pascalarchive) April 11, 2023
Pedro Pascal’s Rise To Fame
This year, Pascal rapidly rose to fame in the public eye for his roles in “The Last Of Us” and “The Mandalorian.” He worked as an actor for years prior to booking the two notable roles, previously appearing in “Game Of Thrones”, “The Good Wife”, “The Mentalist” and several other television shows and films.
Pascal’s close friend since his college years at New York University, actress Sarah Paulson, spoke to Esquire on his career. She admitted to supporting him financially at times during his early career struggles, and even made predictions for some dream acting roles for her best friend. The pair’s decades long friendship was the subject of one of Pascal’s “Saturday Night Live” skits.
“He's talked about this publicly, but there were times when I would give him my per diem from a job I was working on so that he could have money to feed himself.”
— Sarah Paulson on helping out friend Pedro Pascal early in his career pic.twitter.com/aljR1YiS2b
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 11, 2023
The Esquire profile additionally quoted Pascal’s “The Last Of Us” costar Bella Ramsey. Ramsey spoke about their close friendship that came from filming the hit show together for a year. The pair each had advice for each other.
New┆Bella Ramsey talks about Pedro Pascal.
“I’ve learned from him to be kinder to myself, which is a thing he’s not very good at, in terms of the pressure he puts on himself,” And says “But I guess that’s something that he taught me hypocritically, then I taught to him back.” pic.twitter.com/vcs845T4ju
— Bella Ramsey Updates (@BellaRamseyHQ) April 11, 2023
“Strange Way Of Life” does not have a confirmed general audience release date at this time.