Pedro Pascal talks gay cowboy romance film with Ethan Hawke

Strange Way of Life is an upcoming 30-minute short film starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as a pair of middle-aged gunslingers who travel across the desert to find each other after 25 years apart.

Acclaimed and openly gay director, Pedro Almodóvar’s spoke to IndieWire about his inspiration for the short film, describing it as his “answer to Brokeback Mountain“.

Almodóvar also appeared on Dua Lipa: At Your Service to discuss the film.

On the podcast, he describes the film as a “queer Western”:

“This is a queer Western in the sense that there are two men, and they love each other, and they behave in that situation in an opposite way.”

And if the heart-wrenching premise on top of the involvement of Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke isn’t enough, the short will also star Elite’s spanish heartthrob Manu Rios.

Pedro Pascal on ‘taking it all in’

Pascal told Insider he was also excited to be working with Hawke.

“To get to work with Ethan, whose movies I’ve seen since I was a little kid, who I’ve seen onstage 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.”

He also went on to reveal that his decision to do the film stemmed from his love for Almodóvar .

“He absolutely opened up an entire world of storytelling, color, culture, rebellion, and sexuality that was just absolutely intoxicating, dangerous, hilarious, heartbreaking, and encompassing the whole spectrum, but with such a signature style,” Pascal said of the two-time Oscar winning director.

“It could have been anything that he asked me to do, and I would have done it without question,” he added.

The internet’s ongoing love affair with Pedro Pascal

2023 has truly proven to be Pedro Pascal’s year so far.

From starring in HBO’s Last of Us, which received wide acclaim for its presentation of complex queer love stories, to self-identifying as a “slutty, cool daddy”, Pedro has solidifed his queer-icon status recently.

And now, as if LGBTQIA+ audiences couldn’t love him anymore, we get the gay cowboy romance we didn’t know we needed.

The short film will premiere at Cannes film festival next month.

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