Pedro Pascal’s queer Western film Strange Way of Life has released its first trailer.
The short film sees Pascal plays a gay cowboy named Silva, who travels across the desert on horseback to visit Sheriff Jake, played by Ethan Hawke.
Director Pedro Almodóvar has described Strange Way of Life as “a queer Western, in the sense that there are two men and they love each other.”
In a conversation with singer Dua Lipa on her podcast, the director elaborated: “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.
“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 too much.”
‘Intoxicating, dangerous, hilarious, heartbreaking’
Pedro 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.
“It could have been anything that he asked me to do, and I would have done it without question,” he added.
The film is set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
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