Ed Gage Interview - The Mandalorian and many more
Ed Gage was born in Plantation, Florida. He grew up in Boca Raton, Florida until relocating to Buffalo, New York with his family at age four. He played a Sorgan Farmer in "The Mandalorian"
- Thank you Ed Gage for your time for the Star Wars The Mandalorian Fans.
Thank you for having me!
- Ed, Were you a Star Wars fan before you got cast?
I was actually! I think my Dad first introduced me to Star Wars when I was about five. In 1997 if I remember correctly. Right before the prequel trilogy was released. It's funny because I was always something Star Wars related for Halloween in my youth. I remember I was Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Anakin Skywalker as a kid for Halloween. They were some fun years. If you would have told me "20 years from now you'll be working on a Star Wars TV Series" I would probably would have told you that you were out of your mind. [laughs]
- How did you get your role in Episode 4 of The Mandalorian?
It's crazy actually. One of the casting companies I'm with posted about the casting for the Sorgan Farmers. But they were very secretive and didn't give much detail. Which is understandable. They said they needed some "Farmer" types for it. I could imagine they were probably selective with who they wanted to cast. So I sent them pictures of me, and I was informed that I was officially booked on the show. I went in for the costume fitting and then I found out upon my arrival it was for The Mandalorian. I was really surprised and at disbelief. I had to keep it secretive for almost a whole year after I was booked to work on the show. I had a feeling it was going to be something big after it was released.
- Could you share some funny, remarkable, weird stories regarding the filming of your scenes?
A really funny and yet remarkable moment was when Gina Carano, Bryce Dallas Howard's two kids and myself were waiting to start filming. I mentioned that I really had admired all the hard work Bryce was doing as a director on set. It eventually led into us talking about about one of Bryce's previous roles in Jurassic World. How she managed to run throughout almost the whole movie in high heels. [laughs] I give her a lot of credit for doing that because I could imagine it had to be painful. I was once in a KISS tribute band and had to wear platform boots so I guess I can relate to an extent. [laughs] I remember it was a very topical subject when Jurassic World was released. But to run through the jungle in an entire movie in high heels, I mean you gotta respect that. Bryce is someone I can tell really gives her 150% into her work which is why I really applaud her and her dedication as well as her ambition.
Another funny story was for the battle scene near the end. I was in the trench with Gina and Pedro (Cara and Mando), unfortunately I wasn't really visible for some of it. But what's crazy is I actually had to have a stunt double for certain parts of that scene with the intense explosions. Reason being why it was memorable is because it was actually the first time I ever needed a stunt double in my acting career. [laughs]
- Please finish the following sentence: “Looking back at working on Star Wars: The Mandalorian …”
...I had such a blast and a wonderful experience on it! The cast & crew were all class acts, highly professional and always had good energy on set. That's what made it such a memorable time for me. I would work with any of those people again if the opportunity came around! I also am amazed at how big it became and to be a small part of it is an honor. I might not have been anything major, but to have involvement in anything Star Wars related is a dream come true! I mean, even Daniel Craig played a Storm Trooper in a small part. Any kind of involvement in Star Wars is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I'll always be grateful for having that opportunity!
- With a role in Star Wars comes a Big Fan Community, what are your first star wars fan experiences?
On social media I had a lot of people ask me about the experiences I had working on it. It got quite overwhelming but it was such a great feeling! I remember my phone was blown up with messages and notifications from social media. As well as other productions I had worked on it would come up in conversations and people wanted to hear about the experience. I even had a radio station in my home area in South Florida reach out me to call in and talk about my experience working on the show. It was awesome!
- Will we see you back in The Mandalorian in season two? (if you are allowed to talk about it)
So far I haven't gotten the call to come back. I would do it again in a heartbeat if the opportunity was open! There's no saying what will happen. If I don't come back for Season 2, I still had the opportunity to work on Season 1. That's all that matters to me is that I still got to work on the show. But never say never. Hopefully I'll get the phone call to come back.
- You not only played in Star Wars, you also in "Westworld" , "Lethal Weapon" and some more. What
was your favorite role so far?
Westworld was a fun show and was one of my first gigs I worked on when I arrived in Los Angeles. It was the huge Confederado Fort battle in Season 2. Lots of explosions and gunfire for almost a week and a half. But it was a blast! Lethal Weapon was one of my very first background acting gigs when I had just gotten involved in the industry in Hollywood and was getting used to how things worked. My other most memorable role has to be when I was one of the Lead Roles in a Music Video for Cypress Hill for their song Locos which was released on their album Elephants On Acid. The guys in Cypress Hill were class acts and they were even a lot of fun to hang out with. B-Real and I talked about music for 20 minutes straight while I was waiting to do my scenes. The director of that, Jason Goldwatch was really cool to work with as well, and he has a huge resume of music videos he's worked on.
- On IMDb is see some coming projects:"The Wilderness Night" and "Metal Heavy" ,whats that?
Metal Heavy is a film that is in Pre-Production but I will be portraying the guitarist of the band in that film. The sole concept to that story is to never give up on your dreams. I'm really looking forward to working on that! It's being directed by Chase Watson. Chase was Alex Winter's body double in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and has been active in the industry since the early 90's. The Wilderness Night I worked on over a year ago in the town I grew up in most of my life, Buffalo, New York. I play this supernatural figure that's evil and intimidating towards the protagonist in the movie. The protagonist is also the director, Jordan Warner. He and I go way back to our High School days. He asked me to be involved in his film and since he's the one that encouraged me to start acting a long time ago, I owed it to him to partake in his movie. If it wasn't for him and also my best friend and business partner Kellen Pembleton, I don't think I'd be where I'm at right now so I really have to give them both credit. Aside from those two movies, I'm also scheduled to work on 3 other Rock Band related movies as a musician. One being a remake to an 80's Rock Horror movie. I can't give out any other details at the moment, but I'm excited to work on those as well! I'll also be in an upcoming Pirate movie starring Denise Richards and Malcolm McDowell called Timecrafters.
- By the way of Heavy Metal, you are also Musician, playing music and started playing guitar at eleven years old, that right?
That's right! I actually began playing music in general at 8 years old. I currently have released music with three bands including my solo band as well as my two other bands Steelwitch and Wolf Chamber! I also am playing bass for the band The Militants. I've done two music videos with The Militants so far. Six singles with my solo band. An EP with Steelwitch. And a debut single with Wolf Chamber that just came out recently and has been getting well received reviews. Wolf Chamber recently teamed up with the same PR as legendary Metal act, Judas Priest and it's singer Rob Halford! I've been working with some great musicians in the Los Angeles area and I also have some great bandmates for my solo project back in Buffalo, New York. I couldn't have gotten as far as I have without them. So I at least want to give a shoutout to all of them, current and former bandmates. Teddy Heavens, Bryan Becerra, Tim Shelton, Angelo Dibello, Rik Fox (Steeler, W.A.S.P.), Dave Starr (Vicious Rumors, CHASTAIN, Wildestarr), London Wilde, Josh Foster, Kenny Baker (former Yngwie Malmsteen Guitar Tech, not to be confused with the actor), Derek Sedota, Nick Moran, Sage Redgrave, Josh Rogacki, Charlie Zeigler and Stone Clemente. To conclude my topic of music, I am wrapping up on a solo album and will be releasing it hopefully soon!
- Ed , Is there something special you would love to do in the future? A special role or actor to work with?
I'm hoping to get a breakout role very soon! As well as getting signed with a good agency! That's why I'm always staying active, always working and networking with people. I would like to break out into the Action, Horror or SciFi genres as an actor. As for actors I would like to work with, I hope to have an opportunity to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone or Dwayne Johnson one of these days! I've looked up to those guys for a long time, so I hope I'll have the pleasure of working with them soon! It's also funny because I got formally introduced to Bernard Bullen (The Mandalorian's Father) when he was doing an appearance for Star Wars Fans before my episode aired. Bernard is a wonderful guy and he's very talented and I hope I'll have a chance to work with him! So I definitely wish him the best! Also, I'd love to break out with music as well, have the opportunity to tour and hopefully get signed with a good label!
- Thank you for your time Ed Gage! Let’s end this interview with some words for the fans?
Thanks you guys so much for supporting the show!! A huge thanks to everyone who has been recognizing me! Please feel free to stay up to date with what I'm doing with both acting and music! You guys are awesome!!!
- Thank you and i hope to see you some day on a German Star Wars Convention.
I hope so too! Hopefully someone will book me to come out there! I would be 100% open to doing it! Thank you again for having me!!
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