Jacob Romero Gibson has the challenging role of playing the lovable liar Usopp in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece. Not a single role in this series is going to be easy given just how beloved the original manga by Eiichiro Oda. Yet, the cast is one of the biggest selling points for this new adaptation and a new batch of interviews done from before the SAG strike.
One big question for Gibson was how much he knows about the original manga and while he confesses he doesn’t have the deepest knowledge of the source material, he does, however, share what his favorite moment is. And, unsurprisingly, it’s the iconic fight in the Alabastsa Arc where he fought alongside Chopper against Baroque Works.
Oh, man, you know, I’m still a noob. You know, I’m not going to claim that I have the whole canon in my back pocket. But one of my favorite Usopp fights is the Alabasta Arc, so. [deep laugh] With him and Chopper and [deeper, longer laugh] just that whole scene of him riding on the hedgehog, like, so funny. So funny.Jacob Romero Gibson
The sequence is iconic and one of the most creative fights of the early era of One Piece. Here’s hoping that the series gets a renewal shortly after its release. Once actors and writers are paid fairly, it would be great if they get a chance to bring it to life once more.