BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28:  Host Ben 'Doc Brown' Smith attends the 2016 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images For BAFTA LA)
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Ben Bailey Smith's Andor Casting Caught The Actor Completely Off Guard
Part of what makes “Andor” on Disney+ so engaging is the bevy of characters that bring the heights of “Star Wars” back down to a planetary surface. The mundane nature of the show is best characterized by the Imperial forces that threaten the rebellion, including a particularly devious officer in Lieutenant Supervisor Blevin, played by Ben Bailey Smith.
Bailey Smith plays into the cynical parts of the Empire with ease, but getting the role itself was far from a mundane moment in his life, as he was a big fan of “Star Wars” since he was a young child. In an interview with, Bailey Smith explained the incredulous moment when he first learned that he'd nabbed a role in "Andor" while riding a bike during the pandemic.
He said, “I got a call from my agent and she said, 'Remember that thing that you did? The sergeant major type?' I was like, 'No, not really. I've done so many.' [Laughs.] She said, 'Oh, well, you got it.' I was like, 'Oh, great.' And she said, 'And it's not a wartime espionage thriller. It's 'Star Wars.' 'Andor.' 'Rogue One' prequel.' And I remember wobbling on my bike, and then I stopped, and I just couldn't stop laughing.”