Bill Burr’s Part in The Mandalorian was Written Specifically for Him

Comedian Bill Burr doesn't like a lot of things, and one thing he particularly hates on is Star Wars—which is why it was so weird watching him play Mayfeld in The Mandalorian. What's funny is, showrunner Jon Favreau specifically cast Burr in the role because of his indifference to the franchise.

Talking to Pardon My Take, Burr recounts the story of how he met Favreau at a mutual friend's party, and Favreau pitched the character to Burr, with the intent that Burr's fans would get a kick out of him being in Star Wars. The story starts at 1:46:

Burr had told Favreau that he'd been trashing Star Wars for years when he was asked to join the cast, and Favreau apparently replied with, "I know, I listen to your podcast and I think that would be funny. I think your fans would get a kick out of it if you went in there."

Of course, Burr eventually ended up on The Mandalorian, and a lot of his fans got a kick out of the ex-Imperial turned bounty hunter from "Space Boston". If anything, Burr has had a change of heart when it comes to the franchise. I don't know if he particularly likes it, but he said that he would have been the one calling Favreau to be on the show if he knew what it was going to end up looking like.

For now, Burr is set to come back for the second season of the show, and though we don't know what part he'll play, I'd love to see some of his background as an Imperial sniper.

Catch The Mandalorian when it returns on Disney+ this October.

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