Now that we finally have footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story, one of the first things fans noticed was how different the Falcon looks. It’s not Han Solo’s ship yet, but these are some pretty big changes. For their cover piece, Entertainment Weekly spoke to Donald Glover and specifically asked him about what he thought the changes meant about Lando’s personality.
“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.”
When asked how Lando’s personality as a young man and how he and he and Han are different, Glover said that Lando likes to slip through the system rather than just break it.
“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. … He’s smart enough to figure out a way to like get out of things, like loopholes, And I think Han is more of a rule breaker and he can kind of get away with it.”
Lando, in the original trilogy, is known for his fabulous purple cape. However, when asked about the costumes, Glover said Lando was not the best dressed on set. In fact, the clothing is part of the facade that he puts on, similar to Qi’ra and her clothes.
“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] … Yeah, people are like, oh, this guy’s got it together. He’s obviously not starving, you know. He has enough leisure time to choose a nice outfit.”
When it comes to portraying a young version of an established character, Glover likes to think back to when he was younger and thought he knew everything. People change so much as they get older, and Glover was looking forward to portraying that.
“I always like seeing younger characters when they are in younger times because it tells a lot about how they got to where they are. Like, when I was a teenager I felt like I knew a lot, but I didn’t. By the time we meet him in Empire Strikes Back, he owns the city already. [Laughs] So, I wanted to show the person he was before that was even possible. Like, I don’t even know if he thought that was possible at the time.”
The journey of this movie is seeing how characters like Lando and Han change into the people we’ll eventually meet in the original trilogy. Glover’s Lando is all people can talk about, so there’s a good chance he’s going to walk away with this movie.
Summary: Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25th.
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