THR had a chance to talk to Billy Dee Williams about a number of things recently and most importantly, his lunch with Donald Glover. His last response mentions "this one is about how we established our relationship and the question of the Millennium Falcon".
You recently had lunch with Donald Glover. What'd you talk about?
Heís a very delightful young man, I must say. We had a very nice lunch and we talked for a very long time and it was very easy. He had questions about [Lando]. I guess he was doing what normal actors do, they just want to find out what direction they want to take so they gather their information. So, we just sat and talked, and I didnít want to impose on anything he wanted to do ó heís got his own ideas, I would imagine. I know he has his own ideas. Heís a very talented young man. In fact, I was listening to some of his music [Childish Gambino, Gloverís musical alter-ego] and itís pretty good stuff.
What type of ideas was he proposing?
Not to any great extent, I think he basically just wanted to see me, meet me, get to know me a little bit and probably figure out a way to use me in developing his character.
He had recently said that he wasnít ďas coolĒ as you. Did you give him any pointers on being cool?
Well, nobodyís as cool as me. (Laughs.) Thatís a tough way to go. No, Iím only joking. Donald is eclectic, I think thatís 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.
You had also recently said that the Star Wars producers should leave the character of Lando alone. Did you change your mind after speaking with Glover?
I donít know. To me, I guess what it is that I identify so much with Lando. I mean, Lando has been very much a part of my life for over 30 years. When I go out and do conventions and stuff like that, even though people know me from all the other things that Iíve done, certainly [Lando] takes precedence. I just never thought of anybody else being Lando. I just see myself as Lando.
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 Iím not saying goodbye to that character. Itís still very much a part of my life. I created that character.
Have you seen any of the recent Star Wars films that have come out?
I saw [The Force Awakens] and it was really good. I really enjoyed it, thoroughly.
Are you going to be making a cameo in the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone film?
I donít know. It depends if they ask me to. I wouldnít mind doing it.
Would you like to do it?
If they asked me, I wouldnít say no.
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 ó heís too busy.
LANDO AND LANDO, HAN AND HAN pic.twitter.com/YRHBzAzufr— kyra (@diegolvnas) February 3, 2017
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