Billy Dee Williams on meeting Donald Glover, the Millennium Falcon, and letting go of Lando
If you were on Star Wars Twitter this week you likely saw this tweet featuring an image of original Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams and upcoming Han Solo film star Donald Glover (who’ll take over as Lando in 2018) eating lunch together.
— Just Loren™ (@GODDOLLARS) January 23, 2017
Now, Billy Dee has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about the lunch meeting and how he feels about Lucasfilm using Lando without him. In the article he says some very nice things about Glover and even gives a bit of a clue as to what the upcoming film may be about.
[Glover] had recently said that he wasn’t “as cool” as you. Did you give him any pointers on being cool?
Well, nobody’s as cool as me. (Laughs.) That’s a tough way to go. No, I’m only joking. Donald is eclectic, I think that’s really important particularly for the character of Lando. He is particularly eclectic in the way he approaches his art. When I talked to him I really got the sense of him being a worldly person.
Is that hard, saying goodbye to a character or watching him take on a life after you?
Well, eventually something else has to happen with it. But I’m not saying goodbye to that character. It’s still very much a part of my life. I created that character.
Have you talked to Harrison Ford about his thoughts on watching his character played by someone else?
Yeah, this one is about how we established our relationship and the question of the Millennium Falcon. I have not spoken with him — he’s too busy.
To check out the rest of the interview with William, visit THR where he talks more about Lando as well has his other iconic role, Two-Face.
Williams’ mention of the Millennium Falcon caught our attention after the latest Funko Smuggler’s Bounty box notes that Lando taught Han how to fly a ship.
Twitter user MayTheFunkoBWY found the quote as well as posed it to Lucasfilm story group members Pablo Hidalgo and Matt Martin for clarification (they did not respond). Sometimes a lack of response means your theory has merit and sometimes it simply means they cannot yet answer that question, and sometimes it means they just aren’t on Twitter. Either way I think it could be interesting if Han didn’t become a spaceman until he met Lando–flight lessons sounds like an opportunity for some real comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s upcoming film.
We’ll find out in 2018.