We all did it.. or at least I did. Your favorite Star Wars figure might not have been a Jedi, so you stole a lightsaber from another figure who was and just gave it to him. Mine was Boba Fett and he used Kenobi’s lightsaber and it was AWESOME. Well, I wasn’t the only one.
In the most relatable moment of a press conference, Donald Glover related a tale we all have (or maybe just me, but I don’t think so).
DONALD GLOVER: “I have Darth Vader… had like a light saber and I bit it off and I gave it to Lando. [LAUGHTER] And then my mom wouldn’t let me have the light saber anymore because she thought I’d choke on it.”
And a few decades later that young boy with the Lando toy would grow up to play the suave character himself… minus the lightsaber. A dream for any actor/fan. There can be a lot of good and bad in that relationship to a role, the pressure to get it right, balancing yourself as an actor with what was brought before you.
Glover gushed on…
“DONALD GLOVER: When I heard they were making these, I… I told my agent, I was like, if they’re making anything with Lando in it, I have to be Lando. And… and he was like, I hear you. I don’t like your odds. [LAUGHTER] And that was exactly what I needed to hear. “
Now the timing of this is unknown as to when in his career he told his agent this, but god-damn it… the story gets better because it humbled him and focused him enough for the audition.
“DONALD GLOVER: I really did like… audition like it was like the only role I… I… I wanted in the world, because it really was so… um… I’m just really happy to be part of this experience of it. “
And he did, Glover’s Lando is easily one of the highlights of the film, staying true to the character Billy Dee Williams perfected as well as cutting a path for himself in his own way. His humor plays well with the other characters and his story works in all directions, so much so, that it’s even been hinted by Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm!
Solo: A star Wars Story, opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th!