Gina Carano says she was fired for refusing to beat the Hollywood drum: ‘They chased me so hard’
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Actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano has revealed little-known details surrounding her firing from “The Mandalorian” and discussed her latest plans on a new episode of “Tucker Carlson Today” on Fox Nation.
Carano, who played Cara Dune in the Disney+ original series was about to lead her own show for the platform when she was thrown over a series of controversial tweets surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and her refusal to specify her pronouns on Twitter.
She became the target of intense backlash online, but the final straw came when the actress compared the dangerous divide in American politics to Nazi Germany. It was then that her agent, publicist lawyer and employer let her go without warning. Her career had essentially been “cancelled” overnight, she said.
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“I was just trying to keep my head down, not cause trouble – work hard, get the next job, be really excited to be a part of every project, make sure you’re doing your best work and keep moving forward bit by bit to solidify that career where you can eventually be like, OK, I’m ready. I’m ready,” Carano told Tucker Carlson in the episode available on Fox Nation today.
“I finally got to star in ‘The Mandalorian,’ and then the world decided his brain was going to snap.”
Carano said she’s never been particularly active or vocal when it comes to politics, but the summer of 2020 brought new questions to her that she started voicing on Twitter.
“Nothing added up as we started to move forward,” she said. “And I was like, these people are completely exploited and not allowed to open their churches…these places are closed, but you can go out on the street and spit in the face of a cop, and you know, sweat and get angry everywhere.”
“At that point…I really stopped believing in it,” Carano continued. “And then I started to get really upset.”
“I was talking about lockdowns, mass vaccinations and pronouns long before anyone said a word about it. And so I was a bit ahead,” Carano told Carlson. “I’m sure if I had done this now it wouldn’t have been a big deal. But because I was talking about it when nobody else was talking about it, especially nobody else in my industry… “
In February 2021, Lucasfilm announced that Carano had been fired from her part of the “Star Wars” spin-off cast. She told Carlson that it was his inability to follow the Hollywood narrative that ultimately cost him his job.
“I became a fan favorite on ‘The Mandalorian,’ but they wouldn’t even let me do interviews once I started getting controversial, and I wasn’t beating their drum,” recalls- she.
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A Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement at the time that “Carano’s social media posts disparaging people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
In the days that followed, Carano was branded a white supremacist and bigot to racist, she said, describing herself as a victim of the growing cancel culture mentality.
“They chased me so hard they tried to make an example out of me,” she said.
As a former MMA fighter, Carano is no stranger to pain, but her experience over the past year has left her devastated.
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“I get my nose broken sometimes and my body broken, but what I went through in Hollywood last year broke my heart more than any bone,” she said.
Carano said she is now on the verge of “recovery” and optimistic about what her future holds.
She starred in a western developed by The Daily Wire, “Terror on the Prairie”, in which she plays Hattie McAllister, a tough pioneer mother who defends her children against outlaws while her husband (UFC champ Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone) is far. Aged 40, he is also a producer.
Carano described the project as “closure” for her.
For more from Carano about her firing, the days leading up to it, and how she’s been spending her days since, watch the new episode of “Tucker Carlson Today” available now on Fox Nation.
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