Bill Burr Got His Mandalorian Role By Dunking On Star Wars
Bill Burr doesn't actually hate Star Wars, he just has a job to do.
Making fun of a place usually isn't the best way to get a job there, but it turns out that it worked swimmingly for comedian and actor Bill Burr, he revealed on the Your Mom's House podcast recently (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Burr featured in an episode each of The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2 as mercenary Migs Mayfeld.
"I went to [director] Mike Binder's birthday and Jon [Favreau] was there, and he said, 'Hey, we're writing this thing. We kind of have you in mind. Do you want to do it?' And I said, 'I don't know, Jon. I have teased Star Wars people a lot.' He goes, 'I know. I listen to the podcast a lot. I think it would be funny if you got in it,'" Burr told host Tom Segura. "My wife was kicking me under the table and I was like, 'all right, I'll do it.'"
Burr says he doesn't actually hate Star Wars, instead chalking it up to professional duty.
"I just was hating on it as a comic," Burr said. "You see a thousand people excited about something, you're going to make fun of it."
"I got there, and it's just fun to work on something that's that big," Burr said, describing the Volume, the full-surround stage used to film The Mandalorian. "They shot this footage that they then project onto the walls, right? So as I'm talking to you, if the camera moves behind me, the stuff behind you moves, you get like, vertigo. So that's why I think the acting in those scenes is really good--you have to lock in on the actor because if you start looking at the other stuff you're gonna tip over."
The Mandalorian Season 3 began filming earlier this month, but there's no word on whether Burr will reprise his role as Migs Mayfeld. The story and cast for the show are under tight wraps at the moment. Giancarlo Esposito confirmed that he'll return as Moff Gideon along with Pedro Pascal as Mando himself. The Book of Boba Fett has finished shooting, which stars Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. The Book of Boba Fett is expected to hit Disney+ this December.
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