Gina Carano, the former star of The Mandalorian, penned a heartfelt and extensive tribute to her Disney+ Star Wars series co-star, Carl Weathers, on Instagram following the actor’s death at the age of 76.
Carano, who did not return for the third season of The Mandalorian or any other Star Wars spinoff, had faced controversy in February 2021 for making divisive comparisons about a divided U.S. to Nazi Germany. Despite her departure, Carano shared that Weathers reached out to her directly after her dismissal.
The actress, known for her role as bounty hunter Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, reflected on Weathers, who portrayed bounty hunter agent-turned-High Magistrate of Nevarro, Greef Karga, and directed nine episodes of the series. Weathers earned a nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the 2020 episode “Chapter 12: The Siege.”
Carano disclosed, “I wasn’t in an emotional state where I could pick up the phone because of how upset I was, but we did end up speaking later on.” She recounted how Weathers, in his call, was gentle, encouraging, and determined to keep her hope alive during a seemingly bleak period. According to Carano, Weathers demonstrated genuine care and reassured her that he wasn’t casting her aside.
Sharing their close bond during The Mandalorian seasons 1 and 2, Carano revealed that Jon Favreau, the show’s creator, believed Weathers would be a good mentor for her due to their shared background as athletes turned actors. Weathers directed Carano’s first episode in season 2, and Carano expressed her belief that if they had proceeded to Rangers of the New Republic, Weathers would have directed her even more.
Carano emphasized Weathers’ role as a mentor on set, describing how he would place both arms on her shoulders, look her in the eyes, and calm her spirit. She praised his excellent perspective and the valuable experience and wisdom he shared to enhance her performance. Carano cherished these moments and remembered Weathers as someone who genuinely cared and helped her shine.