Bashir is really good-looking, so as a character choice I thought, ‘What the hell? Why not go for it?’ There is a closeup of Garak where it looks like he could eat him alive. And I’m sure that’s why I got the job.
Andrew Robinson (Garak) in The Fifty Year Mission, The Next 25 Years
This bit was immediately followed by Alexander Siddig quoted as saying, “I gave Garak some of the best years of my life.”
I assume Robinson was referring to this closeup when he was hovering over Bashir at the Replimat: