The Lando Calrisisan story is up on EW’s site and it actor Donald Glover discusses what it was like to play the card player. There’s cool moments where Glover talks about meeting Billy Dee Williams who just told him the key to being Lando was being charming. I think Glover is going to be one of the best parts of this film because I think the guy has the intellect to grow Lando as a character in a way only a really talented actor can do.
Breznican mentions Lando and L3-3T (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Glover says:
I think they are both kind of self-made, and they get each other that way. It’s lovingly contentious. I don’t know if me and Phoebe were like this because I just love her. Being in a movie with her is kind of a blessing I didn’t even know I wanted. But she also is so smart she calls me out on it. It’s just cool to have somebody like that around, you know? Really funny and really honest.
I generally dislike when actors do the PR dance and say everyone “was like family” on the set and all that phony nonsense. But I have to say, I think he’s being genuine. Phoebe Waller-Bridge does seem like a pretty rad person and you must watch Fleabag if you haven’t. It is pretty crass but I think if you read this site and listen to its podcast you probably will dig it.
Glover goes onto talk about how Lando is a guy that likes a certain level of comfort. So the Millennium Falcon is luxurious, at least until he loses it to Han Solo. But in this film, at least for a time, we see it as Lando’s ship. Glover says he would live in it. That’s some serious comfort.
I dig this quote from Glover:
He likes to know his way in and out of any situation that he’s in. Lando likes rules because he’s somebody who is in a position to benefit from rules.
That essentially sums up what I love about scoundrels in Star Wars. Glover says Lando uses loopholes to his advantage. That’s different from Solo who breaks rules rather than bending them to his advantage. In theory, that sounds great because that gives the characters something to bicker about, something to disagree on, and something to talk about on screen as they clearly will have the same goals but the means is drastically different at times.
This has me wondering who he’s talking about. Maybe Qi’ra? We know it isn’t Han, Chewbacca, or Beckett:
Lando’s not really the best dressed person on that set. And I don’t say that lightly. There’s just a lot of cool costumes and a lot of cool clothing. Lando’s clothing, that’s what I like. I was secretly super happy. His clothing is another spice of life. He takes pride in the clothing. It makes things easier. When people see you and you’re debonair, they tend to want to give you stuff easier. [Laughs]
Glover then confirms he’s playing sabacc with the little critter in the image. He also confirms the alien doesn’t speak English. He thinks they did a lot of good improv together (was this before Howard or with Miller and Lord?) and there’s probably a lot of good outtakes there. Glover says the puppet had two operators so he was essentially working against two minds who knew exactly what we was seeing. Maybe on the Blu-ray? I hope so.
The interview concludes with Glover saying that he enjoys playing Lando before he had all of his act together. He mentions that when we meet Lando he owns a city in The Empire Strikes Back. But at this age Lando probably doesn’t even know that’s possible yet, maybe.