Day 2 of Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story is underway. Their debut piece for today features an interview they conducted with Donald Glover, who as you know will be portraying the coolest cat in the galaxy, Lando Calrissian, in the film. In the piece, Glover speaks about what he learned from Billy Dee Williams, his interaction with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s droid character L3-37, the difference between Lando and Han, and more.
Check out an excerpt from Anthony Breznican’s interview below and then head on over to EW for the full read.
More Solo coverage from EW will be coming throughout the day, so keep it right here for those articles as they land. If you happened to miss any of EW’s coverage from Day 1, point your browser towards this link for a recap.
I’m interested in what you were able to discover from Billy Dee Williams when you met with him. What was it like with two Landos getting together?
It was really, really relaxed. He was great. I mean, I had a lot of questions. And then he just told me, just be charming. [Laughs] And so, I was like, “Okay!” I just kind of did that. He said, “Just be interested in things.” Lando has, I wouldn’t say eccentric, but eclectic tastes. So I tried to work that into the role as much as possible.
What was it you were curious about, since you said you came in with a lot of questions?
I just wanted to know, Star Wars was such a big deal and then they make the second one and you’re kind of the first and the almost only black guy in the universe at that point. I was like, How did you go into that? What were your thoughts? It’s always a big thing when you break a mold. What was the thought process of that? He gave some good advice about this, about being yourself as much as possible, making the character a real person, rather than the whole identity for a whole group of people.