Donald Glover Talks ‘Complicated’ Lando Calrissian
In a recent interview Donald Glover sat down with Deadline to talk about his burgeoning career, from starring in Community to creating Atlanta and performing as Childish Gambino. Donald Glover was now in London to film for his role as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s Untitled Han Solo anthology film. Lando Calrissian is an old friend of Han Solo and made his first appearance on screen in The Empire Strikes Back played famously by Billy Dee Williams. Lando Calrissian was a gambler and a smuggler who owned the Millenium Falcon before he lost it to Han Solo. After which, he put an end to his days of gambling and smuggling.
On the set for Han Solo, Glover was asked about his experience playing the character, here’s what he had to say:
This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever. For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play him in a way that I think is honest and true and cool. And it’s great ’cause I didn’t have to write anything, I’m focused strictly on being this guy. And I really respect him and I respect the actor who played him before. I’ve learned a lot about this character, so it’s actually been really fulfilling and nice to just turn off everything else and focus on just being someone. So it’s been cool.
Moreover, it seems quite clear that Glover is well aware of the love people have for the character that he’s about to step into the shoes of and he’s excited to live up to it:
Lando seems to be a lot of people’s favorite character. It’s cool. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s also very exciting. He was my favorite character too. I grew up on Star Wars. It’s just cool to see him again. I feel like people like him ’cause he has a lot of style, but also he’s a complicated character in this world. I think even Han isn’t as complicated as Lando is. From the first time you meet him, you don’t know whether to trust him or not, and you’re constantly not knowing whether to trust him. I like that about him.
What do you think about Donald Glover’s perspective on Lando? Are you excited for his interpretation?
Sources: Deadline, Featured Image via Quantrell D. Colbert/FX
The Untitled Han Solo Story smuggles into cinemas on May 25th, 2018. For now, you can catch Atlanta on FX.