Earlier this week, EW revealed that actor Harrison Ford had given some advice for new Solo: A Star Wars Story actor Alden Ehrenreich. While Ehrenreich himself was dodgy about the specific things Ford told him, there is some comfort in knowing the two actually touched bases prior to the production of the film.
It turns out that he wasn’t the only one to get advice. Speaking with EW, actor Donald Glover discussed some of the advice he got from Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed the character in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and many other iterations. Here’s what Glover said about his meeting with Williams.
“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.”
Not exactly the most helpful advice, but if you internalize that, there are some things that can be pulled in to make for a convincing performance, especially his comment about just being interested in things. When I think of Lando, I think of a guy who is charming because he’s able to convince you that he’s interested in the things you’re talking about, which is perfect.
But even beyond that, Glover came to the conclusion that Lando was a man of comfort, and if you’ve had a chance to check out some of the EW images (which you can see HERE), you’ll notice that the Millennium Falcon is a much nicer ship than it is at any other point we’ve seen it. Lando’s aversion to discomfort is one of the reasons why it’s so nice.
“He’s a very particular person with particular tastes and he likes the comforts of life. I would live in it right now, to be honest! [Laughs] In between takes, they’d be like, “Okay, we are going to set up for the next shot, so you can go sit in your chair or whatever,” and I’d be like, “Actually I’ll just stay in Lando’s room.” It was that nice! I would just lay in his bed and read a book or write something because it is very comfortable. I think he likes to be comfortable. He’s not a cowboy kind of guy.”
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