‘Fantastic Four’ Star Pedro Pascal Reveals His “Psychotic” Process Behind Acting After 1 Humiliating Incident in the Past

Pedro Pascal shares his "psychotic" approach to memorizing scripts.

‘Fantastic Four’ Star Pedro Pascal Reveals His “Psychotic” Process Behind Acting After 1 Humiliating Incident in the Past


  • Pedro Pascal has an intense process for memorizing lines after an early acting flub.
  • He writes abstract cues to imprint dialogue and avoid embarrassing mistakes.
  • His diligent preparation could benefit his Marvel role.
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In an interview, acclaimed actor Pedro Pascal gave insight into his intense process for memorizing lines, forged after an embarrassing on-set incident earlier in his career. While showing his intricate notebook method of scribbling down dialogue cues, Pascal referred to his process as “psychotic” a necessity after once mortifyingly forgetting his lines mid-scene.


Pedro Pascal’s Psychotic Process For Memorizing Lines 

Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984
Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984.

As a highly accomplished actor with standout roles across television and film, Pedro Pascal has developed an unconventional yet effective technique for memorizing script dialogue. In a recent interview with the SAG-AFTRA foundation, Pascal opened up about his intense ritual of scribbling down abstract cues to imprint lines word-for-word. This elaborate new memorization approach was forged early in his career after an on-set flub left Pascal determined to never slip up again.


“This psychotic example, a physical example that I have now, that I have to do to learn my lines,” Pascal explained, displaying pages of incomprehensible scrawls representing his script lines. 

Though abstract to outsiders, this elaborate ritual helps Pascal thoroughly imprint dialogue after an early acting trauma left him scarred.

Pascal looked back on an early acting job where he failed to properly learn his lines. When cameras started rolling, he humiliatingly froze up, leaving co-stars and crew stunned in an agonizingly awkward moment. This harrowing flub haunts Pascal to this day, making him ultra-diligent about memorization.

“You just use the first letter of each word and kind of like sort of these towers, these like columns I guess. it’s just a very very tedious way of making yourself learn the line.” Pascal confessed. 

He further added, “It isn’t even sort of that artistic, it’s really kind of like a technical way that I had to acquire because of that horrible experience of forgetting your lines.” 

Those incomprehensible notebooks help ensure he never endures such profound embarrassment again.


Could His Process Benefit Marvel’s Fantastic Four?

Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones
Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones.

Now starring as Reed Richards in Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four, Pascal’s hardcore memorization tactics could prove quite useful. Marvel films require actors to deliver extensive technical dialogue explaining elaborate action set pieces and sci-fi concepts. Getting each word precisely right is crucial.

So Pascal’s line-by-line notebook breakdowns should help him flawlessly nail Fantastic Four’s likely complex scripts. Alongside his well-renowned acting skills, this diligent preparation could make his turn as Richards truly fantastic.

Pedro Pascal Joins Marvel’s First Family 

Pedro Pascal as Marcus Moreno in We Can Be Heroes
Pedro Pascal as Marcus Moreno in We Can Be Heroes.

Slated for a 2025 release, Marvel’s most awaited Fantastic Four will feature Pedro Pascal as genius leader Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic. Pascal assumes the role after Ioan Gruffudd, Miles Teller, and John Krasinski’s versions across various films and cameos.


Pascal brings an extensive character range, having famously played morally complex figures like Game of Thrones’ Oberyn Martell and The Last of Us‘ Joel Miller. This pedigree has fans confident Pascal will impress leading Marvel’s First Family, now even more so knowing his extreme memorization methods.

Between deep character understanding and dialogue perfectly on lock, Pedro Pascal’s psychotic process promises big things for Fantastic Four’s MCU arrival. Audiences eagerly wait to see his dedicated preparation for Richards unfold onscreen.


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