Actress Gina Carano is “not going down without a fight” after she was fired from Disney’s “The Mandalorian,” she will say in an interview that is due to run Sunday on “The Ben Shapiro Show.”
Carano, a former mixed martial artist, knows a thing or two about fighting and, according to a preview of the interview from Deadline, she’s not giving up just yet.
“I’ve been through so much, and I’ve seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that’s been taking place, and I saw it before,” she will say, per the preview. “I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply,” she will claim.
“I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can’t because it would sell out a friend…Everyone is afraid of losing their job,” she adds in the interview.
Carano will say that she feels like she’s been singled out by the company.
“You know how boxers head-hunt sometimes and forget to go for the body? I feel like Disney or Lucasfilm or whoever it is, just certain people at that company…I feel like I’ve been being head-hunted (…) and you can feel it,” she says, per Deadline. “Just a couple of weeks ago, Lucasfilm asked an artist that they employ to erase my character and put a different character in place, and he proudly announces this on Twitter, and erases my character and puts another character in place. All the fans of Cara Dune were just outraged. They were like ‘Why didn’t you add the character? Why did you have to take off the character? Is there something wrong? Is Gina getting fired?”
Carano says she was among those who found out about her firing through social media: “How I found out was that I looked on the internet, and you know, you check your Twitter and I’m trending and the ‘fire Gina Carano’ hashtag worked.”
According to the preview, Carano and Shapiro — who have created a partnership in the fallout of her firing with Disney — then discuss how conservatives are held to a different standard in Hollywood.
“They’ve been all over me and they’ve been watching me like a hawk, and I’m watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative,” she says.
Ultimately, the firing did not completely blindside Carano: “I was prepared at any point to be let go, because I’ve seen this happen to so many people. I’ve seen the looks on their faces. I’ve seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it’s only a matter of time.”
“I’ve seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself (…) ‘you’re coming for me, I know you are,’” she adds. “They’re making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, ‘I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to stay true to myself.’”
Carano then said she’s going to fight for all conservatives who are ostracized by Hollywood: “When you called, my body is still shaking. It’s devastating, but the thought of this happening to anybody else, especially to somebody who could not handle this the way I can, no, they don’t get to do that. They don’t get to make people feel like that (….) and if I buckle, it’ll make it okay for these companies, who have a history of lying, to be lying and to do this to other people, and they’ve done it to other people, and I’m not going down without a fight.”