This summer in London, Glover sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the new Han Solo movie as well as Glover’s other projects and the fuel behind his striking rise among the Hollywood’s ranks.
In the story, Glover — who plays Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie — talks about meeting with Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando, for a top-secret torch-passing ceremony, orchestrated by Lucasfilm. Williams recommended Glover “just be charming” for the part of the smooth-talking hustler, without searching for any deeper meaning..
What has fueled Glover’s rise to blockbuster film star? As he told THR, “I definitely have a chip on my shoulder… about things not happening the way I think they should.” He also talks about how in Hollywood, “you have to make people feel comfortable. You have to make them understand that you speak their language — that you speak old white man.”
As for playing Lando in the new Han Solo movie, “It’s the biggest boat you can be on,” says Glover of the Star Wars ship. Asked about the recent shuffle of directors (Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and replaced by Ron Howard), he offers that “you sort of feel like, ‘I know I’m not your first choice …’ And you worry about that.”
Excited about the acting part of his career, Glover is returning to Atlanta for the second season in his natural role of an idea generator, the role he is most comfortable in, according to writer Lacey Rose.
“I can be a very sweet guy, but I don’t like being told what things are and how things are going to work,” Glover says. “I don’t want to be the next Ron Howard or the next anybody else.”
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