Gina Carano wouldn’t seem to be having an amazing couple of weeks, though I suppose it’s always worth it to look at these things through the person’s own lens. On the one hand, she’s facing increased scrutiny and public outcry about having her fired from her role in The Mandalorian. On the other hand, she doesn’t appear to care all that much.
You can see the response from Gina Carano here on her Twitter account:
It all started for Gina Carano a couple of weeks ago when she began putting out some not-so-popular thoughts about our current state of societal and governmental affairs on Twitter. These opinions included rather negative thoughts about the state of mask-wearing in the United States as well as controversial views on the election process. Regarding her anti-mask views, Carano seemed to suggest that wearing them amounted to a loss of freedom (these opinions were shared through memes), and the election-related tweets suggested possible voter fraud. Fans of The Mandalorian were not pleased.
The almost-instant backlash to Gina Carano’s comments involved her ouster with the non-subtle hashtag #FireGinaCarano making its rounds in the Twittersphere. Fans of the show, so incensed by her comments, felt they warranted her losing her job on the show. Again, if Carano’s public response on Twitter is any indication, she isn’t about to make any rounds of apologies. In fact, it appears she plans on doubling down on her opinions.
Someone like Gina Carano didn’t gain fame and notoriety by backing down in situations. Getting her start in the MMA ring, and finishing with an impressive 7-1 record in the octagon. Her only loss was to Cris Cyborg. The exposure she got in the ring eventually led to an acting career and in 2011 she starred in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. This led her to a number of different roles in action movies over the years.
But now, Gina Carano is in the crosshairs because she’s on one of the internet’s favorite shows, Disney+’s The Mandalorian. There she plays Carasynthia “Cara” Dune, a mercenary who has worked with Din Djarin. Up until now, fans had mostly seen her as a strong female presence on the show and Carano’s roles in general throughout her career have been along the lines of a woman who needed very little help from her male or female counterparts. It’s led to strong roles in other movies like Deadpool and Fast & Furious 6. In this way, The Mandalorian is no exception and does represent one of the steadier and well-known gigs of her career.
But the goodwill may have been erased (at least temporarily) by her insistence on maintaining her current political views. That being said, neither Disney+ executives nor show creator Jon Favreau has weighed in on the topic. With Season 2 of The Mandalorian already halfway through it’s run (as of this Friday) and filming having wrapped all the way back in March, there really isn’t much the streaming platform nor the creative team are inclined to do right now. The best guess is they allow the controversy to run out of steam until the masses move on to another celebrity in their crosshairs.
And honestly, this timing more than anything else (besides an ingrained combative nature) could be why Gina Carano continues to maintain a line against those calling for her firing. In terms of The Mandalorian, there is currently nothing to be fired from beyond potentially future seasons of the show. And while Hollywood can be temporarily unforgiving – just ask Johnny Depp about how it’s going with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Pirates of the Caribbean – there are instances of these things blowing over.
There’s no doubt that considering the audience of Disney+ shows like The Mandalorian, Gina Carano’s stances through memes and other tweets come off as incredibly tone-deaf. And at the same time, the actress doesn’t appear to care or plan on any apologies anytime soon. This could become an interesting standoff in cancel culture, but one Carano apparently plans to see down until the end.
The Mandalorian is already prepping for a third season with rumors it could begin filming before the end of the year. We may know soon if Gina Carano is part of the works or if this dust-up will mean the end of her character.