The Mandalorian season 2 introduces Frog Woman’s loving partner, Frog Man, who is portrayed by a long-time collaborator of Sam Raimi and the Coens.
In The Mandalorian season 2 episode “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” Frog Woman reunites with her beloved partner, Frog Man, after a rather traumatic trip home aboard the Razor Crest. Even though Frog Man’s costume doesn’t provide any clues about the real-life performer, the actor playing him is actually a pretty cool cameo. Even industry insiders may not realize that the character is actually portrayed by Hollywood producer John Cameron, a long-time collaborator of Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers.
Frog Man plays a relatively minor role in “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, but has some memorable moments. First, at the Trask port, he makes his debut in a romantic reunion sequence with Frog Lady, who is played in costume by Misty Rosas and voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. The characters bond over their eggs and touch each other like it’s the ending of a great cinematic love story. For The Mandalorian, the sequence provides some surprising entertainment for audiences while setting up a later sequence involving the Frog couple and Baby Yoda.
At Trask, Din Djarin briefly enlists Frog Woman and Frog Man to look after Baby Yoda; a sign of trust. He asks The Child to behave himself and to mind his manners, as the little guy has a history of gulping down frog eggs. In this episode of The Mandalorian, though, Baby Yoda plays nice and gets to witness the birth of a baby frog. By the end, Din Djarin receives the intel he needs from Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) of Clan Kryze, and the Frogs share a tender moment alone after The Child leaves.
Cameron isn’t a recognizable pop culture figure, as he’s mostly known for being a movie and TV producer. Back in 1978 he wrote and directed the short film Shemp Eats the Moon, starring a young Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell before they made The Evil Dead. Nearly two decades later, Cameron worked as a line producer for the Coen Brother’s Fargo, and eventually won a Primetime Emmy Award for producing the TV series Fargo. The Frog Man actor also executive produced the NBC hit series Friday Night Lights and most recently executive produced Legion. As an actor, Cameron portrayed Fake Shemp in The Evil Dead, Hudsucker Brainstormer in The Hudsucker Proxy, and Bordello Swell in The Quick and the Dead.
In real life, Cameron appears to be quite tall, evidenced by awards season photos with Fargo colleagues. As Frog Man, he looms over Frog Woman during The Mandalorian season 2 reunion scene, but is shorter than Din Djarin – which was perhaps achieved with a combination of camera trickery and having Brendan Wayne, the tallest of the three actors who play Din, in the suit. Despite their froggy heads, Cameron and Rosas still manage to convey a lot of emotion through physical acting. The Frog romance isn’t so emotionally affecting merely because the characters touch, but rather because of how they touch each other and how the performers bring the love story to life.
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