There’s a lot to love about The Mandalorian. The first two seasons of the Disney+ series introduced surprising new characters and developed the lore of the story. One of the new characters introduced was comedian Bill Burr as Migs Mayfield.
He has appeared in that role for 2 episodes thus far in the show and has left quite a memorable impression on viewers. Now, as with everyone who works on a Star Wars project, people want to know what their experience was working on it. The same is true for Bill Burr as well.
In a recent interview done on the Your Mom’s House Podcast, Bill Burr spoke about his experience on the Star Wars series.
He revealed how he got the job even though he isn’t a big fan of the galaxy far far away. He said:
“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 has previously told pretty much the same story when he appeared in an episode of The Rich Eisen Show. There he said that Favreau was the one who convinced him to do the job. Here’s what he said:
“I’ve never been a sci-fi [guy]. I like Blade Runner. There was a movie that Sam Rockwell did called Moon. I was never into the Star Wars thing, by the time I saw it I was too old, Ewoks and stuff. I wanted to see Fast Times At Ridgemont High, so I missed the boat.”
He further explained that:
“I ran into Jon somewhere, hanging with Mike Binder. I should start giving that guy a commission. [Jon Favreau says to Bill] ‘I’m doing this Star Wars thing do you want to do something?’ and I’m like ‘I don’t know, I’m kind of always making fun of it.’ And he goes ‘I think it would be funny, I think your fans would get a kick out of the fact you’re in it.’ And I went in there and they’re shooting it like a Spaghetti Western and I was like immediately so psyched to be apart of it.”
It’s clear from these interviews as well as from his podcast that he isn’t quite familiar with the Star Wars universe. And that’s to put it lightly. He stated in January in his podcast that he hasn’t even finished watching season one of The Mandalorian fully.
Here’s what he said about not catching up on The Mandalorian:
“Uh, I haven’t really watched it. I was hoping you weren’t gonna ask me that. It’s my list of sh-t to watch. I was gonna try, I was gonna try! I know, I’m embarrassed now. I’m gonna watch it. I watched most of the first season – I just, you know, it came out during the holidays.”
Regarding Jon Favreau he said:
“You got a guy who’s a huge fan of it who knows how to write and direct. He gets to make it the way he sort of envisions it and, amazingly, how he sees it is how a lot of the Star Wars fans wanted to see it, I guess.”
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