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As The Mandolorian gears up for its debut on Disney+ this November, the show's cast members are opening up more about the upcoming series and what Star Wars has meant to them growing up. Some actors have a deep relationship with the franchise and many positive memories of it from their childhood, and then there's Bill Burr.
Bill Burr grew up in all three eras of Star Wars, and is not a fan. He's since embraced the fact that he never got on the hype train, and has made fun of the franchise and its fans over the years. So, what's Burr's problem with Star Wars?
This is the thing, I’ve never been a sci-fi -- I like Blade Runner, there was a movie Sam Rockwell did called Moon. I like that sort of dark, creepy, Stanley Kubrick [2001: A Space Odyssey], I like that, I was never into the Star Wars thing. By the time I saw it, I was just too old, they had like Ewoks and stuff, and I wanted to see Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I missed the boat so I never got on it and I’ve religiously made fun of every one of them that came out. Just teasing -- just because people are excited. I’m a jerk, you know? I see people get excited about something and I just make fun of it.
Bill Burr is a comedian who lives off ruffling feathers, and making fun of Star Wars can ruffle a lot of feathers. With that being said, Burr was aware that being the anti-Star Wars fan he was, he may anger quite a few folks by agreeing to appear in the first live-action series for the franchise. Burr told The Rich Eisen Show he mentioned this concern to friend Jon Favreau, who argued fans may find it humorous that someone anti-Star Wars would play a part in its legacy.
While Bill Burr wouldn't say he was completely on board with the franchise or its movies, he did say he was pretty psyched when he stepped on the set of The Mandalorian. Burr especially liked the fact the series is being shot like a Spaghetti Western, and had a darker tone than one might expect from the tone of the average Star Wars film. Of course, Burr ultimately said he knows little about Star Wars, and to take his opinion with that in mind.
Long story short, Bill Burr may be at the red carpet for The Mandalorian, but don't expect to see him showing up for opening weekend of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The final chapter in the Skywalker saga is in theaters Friday, December 20. CinemaBlend remains the place to be for all news and speculation regarding the movie and the Star Wars franchise, so continue to keep it here!