Comedian Bill Burr reveals how he got cast in The Mandalorian by running into Jon Favreau at director Mike Binder’s birthday party.
Comedian Bill Burr reveals how he got cast in The Mandalorian. Disney+’s first live-action Star Wars series follows its titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), and Baby Yoda Aka Grogu in a galaxy far, far away. As he protects his surrogate child and searches for Jedi, Djarin has met a host of memorable characters in the show’s two seasons. One of the most memorable and surprising is perhaps Burr’s former Imperial sharpshooter turned bounty hunter, Migs Mayfeld.
Mayfeld is introduced in the season 1 episode, “The Prisoner,” which sees Djarin and a slew of untrustworthy characters infiltrate a New Republic ship and spring a Twi’lek being held prisoner. The job ultimately goes south with Djarin being betrayed a la Reservoir Dogs. Thankfully, he’s able to best his betrayers and set them up to be arrested by the New Republic. Fans assumed Burr’s role in the series would be a one-off; however, after publicly stating he was not in season 2, Burr reprised his role in “The Believer,” an episode in which Djarin breaks his character out of prison to help our heroes to track down Moff Gideon.
During a recent discussion on the Your Mom’s House Podcast, Burr opened up about his experience working on The Mandalorian. In addition to talking about how much fun he had on set, Burr revealed how his casting was the result of running into showrunner Jon Favreau at director Mike Binder’s birthday party. Read what he said below:
“I went to Mike Binder’s birthday party and Jon was there. He said, ‘hey, we’re writing this thing and we kind of have you in mind, you wanna do it?’ And I was like ‘well, I don’t know Jon. I’ve teased Star Wars people a lot.’ And he goes, ‘I know I listen to the podcast, I think it would be funny if you got in it.’”
Burr is anything if not a comedian known for his candor. On his Monday Morning Podcast and elsewhere, he’s repeatedly mocked the Star Wars franchise and its fans for their intensity. Burr even responded to those criticizing the use of his Boston accent in The Mandalorian by addressing all of the franchise’s language inconsistencies. Obviously, all of this is in good fun. Burr went on to talk about the misconception that he actually hates Star Wars when really he’s just hating on it as a comic. The comedian turned actor also discussed how he always seems to luck out and get roles in amazing projects—From The Mandalorian and Breaking Bad to Chappelle’s Show.
Still, it should come as no surprise that Burr has not seen every episode of The Mandalorian. This last we saw of Burr’s Mayfeld, New Republic Marshall Cara Dune (Gina Carano) let him walk away under the mantel of “presumed dead” on the planet Morak. That said, the door for Burr to return in season 3 is certainly open. Following Disney’s tumultuous firing of Carano, Burr’s Mayfeld could fill the void left by Dune. All this just for attending a birthday party.
Source: Your Mom’s House Podcast/YouTube
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