THE MANDALORIAN: Fired Cara Dune Actress Gina Carano Shares Lengthy Tribute For The Late Carl Weathers

THE MANDALORIAN: Fired Cara Dune Actress Gina Carano Shares Lengthy Tribute For The Late Carl Weathers THE MANDALORIAN: Fired Cara Dune Actress Gina Carano Shares Lengthy Tribute For The Late Carl Weathers

The Mandalorian star Gina Carano has penned a lengthy tribute to the late Carl Weathers, revealing that he was one of the first people who reached out when she was fired from the Star Wars TV series...

By JoshWilding - Feb 06, 2024 09:02 AM EST
Filed Under: The Mandalorian

Gina Carano once had a bright future in the Star Wars franchise as Marshall Cara Dune. As well as being a key supporting character in The Mandalorian, the former MMA star was being lined up for a spin-off series titled Rangers of the New Republic (which has since been scrapped). 

The actress was fired by Lucasfilm in February 2021 after some of her social media posts regarding the COVID mask mandates and the pandemic went viral, with some even labelling her anti-trans based on other posts.

Carano has never shied away from venting her frustrations about Lucasfilm in the years since (not to mention a couple of her co-stars) but had nothing but good things to say about the time she spent with the late Carl Weathers. The Greef Karga actor sadly died last week

"Carl called me directly after I was fired," The Mandalorian alum shared on X (via "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."

"He was gentle and encouraging and didn’t want me to give up, he was letting me know that he wasn’t throwing me away, he was trying to keep my hope alive in what seemed like quite hopeless scenario, he showed me he cared. That is who he was."

Reflecting on the fact Weathers directed her first season 2 episode, Carano explained, "I believe had we gotten to Rangers of the New Republic, Carl would’ve directed me in much more. Jon [Favreau] was right, we were a great fit."

She concluded by saying, "I'm going to miss my friend and mentor and that mischievous little sparkle in his eye. He was one of the greats and quite a ground breaker. I am flooded by all the precious memories we had together."

No matter how you feel about Carano, this is a touching tribute from someone who worked alongside Weathers and clearly cared for him. Since her stint in a Galaxy Far, Far Away ended, the actress has largely stuck to making low-budget fare for DailyWire+ after essentially being blacklisted in Hollywood.

Read her full statement in the X post below.

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harryba11zack - 2/6/2024, 9:38 AM
He fought Rocky and the Predator
lazlodaytona - 2/6/2024, 9:58 AM
@harryba11zack - ...and, eventually, he ended up losing to both :D (1-1 against Rocky and 0-1 against the Predator).
Patient2670 - 2/6/2024, 2:28 PM
@mountainman - @mountainman - I'm just saying that he's the one who got you talking on the board about the topics. I have no issue with what you were saying about the topic, But as you noted, he stirred the pot and you jumped in. I don't disagree with the opinions about Josh's abilities or lack of integrity as a journalist, I was just pointing out that he accomplished what you say he set out to do.
mountainman - 2/6/2024, 3:25 PM
@Patient2670 - Oh I agree that the bait is intentional to stir up clicks. It is what it is. I’m coming here either way, and with this article specifically, it’s a great time to honor Carl Weathers and to engage around the issues Gina is demonized about.
Patient2670 - 2/6/2024, 7:06 PM
@mountainman -Fair enough. She's a person of note who worked closely with him, so I think it was nice that she honored Carl Weathers. That's all that should have been said here. I think her beliefs and or the consequences of how she chose to voice them have no place in this article. But the author is who he is and we all knew that going in.
mountainman - 2/6/2024, 7:43 PM
@Patient2670 - There are certain people, like JK Rowling, Gina Carano, Leticia Wright, any race swapped major role, etc, that Josh can’t help but bait with. And just the presence of the article isn’t the problem as much as his consistently terrible commentary.

But yeah he gets the win with extra clicks. An extra few bucks in his pocket I guess.
Patient2670 - 2/6/2024, 7:51 PM
@mountainman - Just wait until he posts his list of top ten reasons she was fired but Ezra Miller wasn't. And By the way, an article on another site just said that she's suing Disney and LucasFilm. And Elon Musk is paying for it. - For real.
mountainman - 2/6/2024, 8:22 PM
@Patient2670 - I’m a fan of at will employment so I’m not sure if there is a legit case there, unless they violated some terms of her contract.

Most employers are allowed to fire you for things you say online, even if the reason they do so is stupid.
Patient2670 - 2/6/2024, 11:32 PM
@mountainman - From What I understand, it only became about what she said online, after she refused to get vaccinated. It was a pretty unanimous decision within the industry (Studios and unions) that any employees had to get vaccinated in order to keep productions from shutting down (which is remarkably expensive). Then after they gave her the choice to follow the mandate or be let go, she went online and said those things. And her beliefs on that situation and others, right or wrong, pissed off and undermined her employers. She simply made herself more trouble than she was worth. Point being, she's entirely entitled to her beliefs, but so are her bosses. And none of us will ever win that fight against our bosses. We don't have to like it, but following company mandates are considered the terms of employment. Disney may in fact settle, only because it'll be easier and less expensive than a protracted legal battle, but I would be surprised if she ever works for the company or any of its subsidiaries again. Gina Carano simply isn't a valuable enough asset.
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 6:41 AM
@Patient2670 - Wrongful termination lawsuits happen all the time. Personally I have no desire to dive into this deep enough to learn more.

I think that it’s wrong for an employer to tell an employee what medicines to take. I’ve been working for 25 years for a number of companies, and I’ve seen employees do a large number of unhealthy things to themselves. And we always knew the vaccine didn’t stop the spread so this move was never about protecting others.

That being said, even though it is ridiculous to fire an employee for not getting a vaccine, I still think they should be legally allowed to do so.
Patient2670 - 2/7/2024, 2:45 PM
@mountainman - Again, you're entitled to that opinion, but the military and public school systems have been mandating vaccines forever. Why does nobody ever have a problem with that?
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 2:57 PM
@Patient2670 - Many people do. Just as evil when they do it, but the real difference is the scope. You can choose to not join the military or take your kid to that school. But when it’s instituted country wide, you can’t not work. And the passports are even worse. So people are supposed to just never enter a grocery store, restaurant, etc? It was evil and no science backed it.
Patient2670 - 2/7/2024, 3:21 PM
@mountainman - Nothing evil about it. Fearful, maybe. We're talking about a new virus that was affecting the entire population on a scale, the likes of which hadn't been seen in a century. There was actually plenty of science behind it. Just like not taking your kid to school, you can in fact choose to not work. The consequences would be dire, so make your choice accordingly. As for a grocery store? again, you're going into a privately owned business. Their house, their rules. If you don't want to follow them, your choice to stay out. As for the scope? We're talking about a new virus that was affecting the entire population on a scale, the likes of which hadn't been seen in a century. The people who decided to look at it as a political issue and "Refuse to comply" actually prolonged the situation. and now try to blame others for the hardship. I just don't think you can have it both ways. And believe me, I'm not saying the response was perfect. But all of the complaints I've heard on the subject seem to stem from personal entitlement or conveniences.
marvel72 - 2/6/2024, 9:39 AM
Carl played some of my favourite characters in movies Apollo,Dillion and Action Jackson.

Will be missed a true action hero.
lazlodaytona - 2/6/2024, 10:01 AM
@marvel72 - I can't believe we haven't gotten an official statement from Stallone.
lazlodaytona - 2/6/2024, 10:01 AM
@marvel72 - Oh, wait. He did make a statement:

RolandD - 2/6/2024, 5:41 PM
@lazlodaytona - He did an excellent tribute video. I presume that’s what it is down below but I saw it the first day we heard about the news here.
CloakDagger - 2/7/2024, 1:19 AM
@marvel72 - should've gotten more good stuff if only Action Jackson REALLY paid off BIG TIME.
but ya see...guys like him just couldn't get second chances..unlike others who kept FAILING to success.
Origame - 2/6/2024, 9:42 AM
Let me stop you right there, all she said about trans people was she wasn't gonna put her pronouns in her bio. If that's anti trans then you basically opened the floodgate for what can be bigotry.

Couldn't even leave her comments as being "controversial to the trans community" when trying to bring up something you consider good that she did.

mountainman - 2/6/2024, 9:50 AM
@Origame - It’s as silly as calling her anti-semitic or a Holocaust denier for making a completely valid comparison between the papers Jews had to show before the Holocaust started to the vaccine passports. She wasn’t minimizing the Holocaust. She was using that tragedy to accurately depict how wrong vaccine passports were. Thankfully so many of us pushed back on that authoritarian nonsense that we got governments to back off from their fascist policies.
Origame - 2/6/2024, 10:00 AM
@mountainman - and then of course the double standard of pascal keeping his job despite comparing Trump to Hitler. If it's about minimizing the impact of the holocaust, isn't that doing it just as much as Gina's comment?

Just to be clear, I don't think pascal should be fired for that. But it's pretty comparable.
lazlodaytona - 2/6/2024, 10:03 AM
@Origame - yeah. She got royally screwed. She never said anything wrong; she simply said that it's her choice not to list pronouns on her bio.
mountainman - 2/6/2024, 10:09 AM
@Origame - You’re allowed to make Holocaust references when mirroring all the establishment talking points. But when you stray from the narrow range of corporate media approved allowable opinion, you must be silenced.

It’s so interesting to me how some people have memory holed how straight up evil governments and media were during 2020-2021. I know I will never forget it. And I’ll never forgive the people who were evil during that time.
ObserverIO - 2/6/2024, 10:24 AM
@Origame - In fact isn't it a form of bigotry to be against someone choosing not to list their pronouns. I'd make the same choice. I don't identify with any of the genders (there are three now, male, female and non-binary) I think they're all stupid.

My pronouns are whatever the hell works. I got a dick, so I guess the standard would be he/him, but whatever suits you suits me fine too. It's really not that important and certainly isn't worth getting all worked up over.

People always fight in Monopoly over who gets to be the car. I really don't give a shit. Give me the boot or the hat, it's not really gonna make a difference to how I play the game and my sense of self identity isn't so fragile that I need so badly to see myself as a sports car.
Origame - 2/6/2024, 10:35 AM
@ObserverIO - exactly. Personal truth only matters to them when it aligns with their ideology.
ThatGuyFromHere - 2/6/2024, 3:03 PM
@Origame - That's the game these folks play: "if you don't agree with 100% of what I say I believe (even though I don't actually believe it myself and am just playing along because TikTok told me to), then I'm going to either bury you or at the very least try to lessen you as human even when you do good things."
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 6:49 AM
@ObserverIO - I mean, I’m obviously male. 100% of people could tell this by looking at me, hearing my voice, or seeing my name. Males use masculine pronouns.

The audacity of someone asking me to confirm this verbally or in writing amazes me.

When this stuff first started getting popular a bit over 5 years ago, I was working at a company where almost half the company would throw their pronouns into their Slack profiles and email signatures. They would also add it to the verbal introduction. It’s just awkward, weird and unnecessary. Out of the 200 or so people that worked for the company, only one person didn’t use pronouns matching their biological sex. So for everyone else, it was a completely useless virtue signaling exercise. The funny thing is, I worked closely with this non binary person, never misgendered them once but the virtue signalers would use the wrong pronouns all the time.

A vast majority of these things are just for people to do for show. That’s it.
ObserverIO - 2/7/2024, 8:24 AM
@mountainman - It makes them feel better about themselves I think.

And even though it's something I would never conceivably give two [frick]s about myself, I do act accordingly, if someone insists I use a certain pronoun.

The only thing about me that is male is biological. So like you said about yourself, you can probably tell I'm male too. Biology used to be the only thing that mattered, but now we have to identify a certain way. Like choosing a team to support or something. A lot of what I do is defined by my dick and the amount of testosterone in my body required to own, operate and regulate a dick and if I was born with female reproductive organs (biologically) I'd probably behave differently, but either way I'd still be me. I don't let my genitals define me, because they're just one aspect of me.

Modern definitions of gender are so ill-defined anyway. I'd have to see an accurate list of what I'm allowed to be and do according to the rules, lol.
I'll be like mmm I do like a good action movie so maybe I'd better be male. Oh but shit, then I could never watch a romcom so maybe I should be gender fluid, lol... It all just seems so stupid to me.

[disclaimer: Sorry if that offends anyone, it's just how it seems to me]

Having to tell people your pronouns just seems so unnecessary. If you call someone a she because they look or seem like a female to you and they correct you, then no biggie, you say "Oh sorry" and you rectify. No problem. No need to put it on a form or say it after introducing yourself.

Also, it's not progressive (hoo boy you got me ranting now, lol). Progressive would be not having to say your pronouns. Why should your gender matter so much that they demand you to give your pronouns. Gender should have nothing to do with it.

Can you imagine if you had to say your sexuality too? Or any recent sexual fetish you might have aquired.

"Hi, I'm Bob, Public Relations Manager, He/Him, Eagles fan, Vegetarian, Heterosexual, Furry, Foot Fetish, I like to dress as a baby and get spanked by a nun while my wife watches and jerks off.
Right! Down to business..."

It's just ridiculous, lmao.
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 8:34 AM
@ObserverIO - The people who get in a huff about being misgendered need to get over it. Especially if they don’t pass for the gender they are trying to identify as.

I see it like this - sometimes people mispronounce my name. I have a fairly common one, but sometimes people who english is their second language will say it wrong. I have NEVER in my life corrected them. I can accept that they said it as best they could. I once knew a Mexican person named Laura. If you didn’t pronounce it in the Spanish pronunciation, she would correct you. That is the exact same narcissistic behavior that people who correct over gender pronouns exhibit.

Going back to that non-binary they/them person I used to work with: that person never corrected people if they mistakingly used female pronouns. That is some mature behavior right there.

We should all be like this and stop trying to police others’ speech.
ObserverIO - 2/7/2024, 8:47 AM
@mountainman - Totally agree. It is kind of narcissistic I suppose, isn't it? Good for that non-binary person to not get their panties in a huff over it. Because at the end of the day if you feel insulted by any gender then you're automatically equating that gender as an insult, which is insulting that entire gender in itself.
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 8:51 AM
@ObserverIO - Well and our natural senses are built to simplify life. We assume genders because it’s easier for the brain to do that. Sure there might be some jerks that are trying to be mean, but most instances of misgendering are just people using their eyes and the habits instilled from all of human history. It’s an honest mistake a vast majority of the time.
ObserverIO - 2/7/2024, 9:08 AM
@mountainman - True I see long hair, pink dress, big boobs, I automatically think it's a woman. Then I realize I'm drunk and looking in a mirror. Time to get home 'fore anything happens to me.
GhostDog - 2/6/2024, 9:43 AM
Time to turn this classic on soon
marvel72 - 2/6/2024, 9:45 AM
@GhostDog - I think I have only seen it once on VHS, so can't remember too much about it but I know I liked it when it came out.
Timerider - 2/6/2024, 10:03 AM
@marvel72 - I remember him flipping over that car and I was amazed at that as a young teenager.
DocSpock - 2/6/2024, 9:45 AM

He was an excellent & classy actor.

She was a below average actor who got destroyed by ultra liberal destructive snowflakes.

mountainman - 2/6/2024, 9:52 AM
@DocSpock - She isn’t a great actress, but she was serviceable enough in her action focused role. It’s not as if Jason Statham or The Rock are good actors either. When you focus your career on action oriented roles, you really don’t have to be.
DocSpock - 2/6/2024, 10:00 AM
@mountainman -

I agree. I thought she did well enough in the things she did.
lazlodaytona - 2/6/2024, 10:05 AM
@DocSpock - you pretty much nailed it
AmazingFILMporg - 2/6/2024, 10:40 AM
@DocSpock -

She went with Ben Shapiros daily wire. The films were terrible. She is finished 🤡
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