<sub id="77plr"><listing id="77plr"><menuitem id="77plr"></menuitem></listing></sub>

          <address id="77plr"><listing id="77plr"><meter id="77plr"></meter></listing></address>

            <address id="77plr"></address>
            <dfn id="77plr"><listing id="77plr"><menuitem id="77plr"></menuitem></listing></dfn>

                      <form id="77plr"></form>
                        You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

                        Billy Dee Williams on Getting Back Into Lando’s Cape for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

                        A long time ago (1980) in a galaxy far, far away (where a movie ticket cost about $5), Billy Dee Williams first played Lando Calrissian, the smooth-talking smuggler-turned-administrator of Cloud City in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Despite having about 15 minutes of total screen time in “Empire” and “Return of the Jedi,” the character stole “Star Wars” fans’ hearts. It made sense, considering Williams did the same thing alongside Diana Ross in the films “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972) and “Mahogany” (1975). Now, 36 years after “Empire,” he’ll don Lando’s cape for “The Rise of Skywalker,” which bows Dec. 20. The actor cites “Empire Strikes Back” as one of his favorite films and says the final movie of the Skywalker saga will be a high point for the franchise.

                        How did it feel to put Lando’s costume back on?
                        It was fun. I really enjoyed it. I’m older now, so for me, it’s more a source of amusement than anything else. I never expected to really be back in that costume or in the movie, so I still kind of chuckle about the whole thing. I knew people were clamoring for Lando to come back, but I didn’t feel like that would happen. It’s a nice feeling to be welcomed back.

                        What did you think of Lando when you read the “Empire Strikes Back” script?
                        There are two things that drew me to the character. The cape and the name “Calrissian,” which is Armenian. I thought those were two interesting things to build a character around. It really suits my approach to expressing myself as a creative entity. It took me in a direction that said to me, “This is going to be a bigger-than-life character.”

                        Popular on Variety

                        How much of his personality comes from your own?
                        I always looked at Lando as a charming, roguish kind of character. There’s certainly a lot of me in that character. I think I’m a pretty cool guy. The whole idea is to build yourself into a franchise, at least for me. I’ve built my whole career around branding myself.

                        What is your brand?
                        I was the first brown-skinned boy to be a real magic figure on the screen, what they used to call a matinee idol. That pretty much describes a lot of who I am as far as my brand is concerned. I’m a romantic person with a heroic presentation.

                        What did it mean to play the first black character in “Star Wars”?
                        I never looked at myself as a black character in “Star Wars.” I looked at myself as Billy Dee Williams in “Star Wars.” It’s beyond a question of race and color. I’m an actor and performer who has his own original point of view about how one should present oneself.

                        How do fans react when they meet you?
                        I’ve had people thank me when they see me, and I’ve had people bring babies for me to touch. I think people admire me. I’m not trying to pat myself on the head like most actors love to be patted on the head and told how wonderful they are, but I’ve had some really interesting experiences as far as my career is concerned. I’ve had a tremendous amount of admiration from a lot of people throughout the years because of these movies I’ve done. I think people enjoy my individuality.

                        How do you like the new trilogy compared with the original?
                        “Empire Strikes Back” will probably go down as really one of my favorites, but I think this experience will go down as one of the greatest moments in the whole “Star Wars” saga.

                        Things You Didn’t Know About Billy Dee Williams
                        Age: 82
                        Birthplace: New York City
                        First role: “The Last Angry Man” in 1959
                        Hobby: Painting
                        Color lightsaber he’d have: “Blue. No, red.”
                        Strangest place he was recognized by a fan: “I don’t go to many strange places.”

                        More Film

                        • Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and

                          Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Presenting Robert De Niro SAG Life Achievement Award

                          In today’s film news roundup, Leonardo DiCaprio will present Robert De Niro with his SAG Life Achievement Award, the Oliver Sacks documentary finds a home and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television gets a new dean. AWARD PRESENTATION Leonardo DiCaprio has been selected to present Robert De Niro the SAG Life Achievement Award  at [...]

                        • KARNAWAL

                          ‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

                          BUENOS AIRES  — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Karnawal,” “Restless,” “Summer White” and  “Firsts” proved big winners among Ventana Sur’s arthouse and animation competitions, [...]

                        • (center) George MacKay as Schofield in

                          From "1917" to "Jojo Rabbit," Composers of Some of the Year's Top Scores Talk Shop

                          “1917,” Thomas Newman The 20-year collaboration of director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman has encompassed midlife crisis (“American Beauty”), crime in the Depression (“Road to Perdition”), the Gulf War (“Jarhead”), marriage in the 1950s (“Revolutionary Road”) and two James Bond adventures (“Skyfall,” “Spectre”). Now they’ve tackled World War I, with “1917,” but Mendes’ much-talked-about [...]

                        • Billy Magnussen Aladdin

                          'Aladdin' Spinoff With Billy Magnussen's Character in the Works for Disney Plus

                          Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character. The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s [...]

                        • ROAD TRIP – In Disney and

                          Disney Boasts a Bevy of Hopefuls for Oscar's Original Song Race

                          When the Academy announces its shortlist for song nominations on Dec. 16, you can be certain that at least one Disney song will be on it and probably more. Disney songs have been nominated 33 times in the past 30 years, winning 12 of the gold statuettes. This year, the studio has at least four [...]

                        • Innovative Scores Elevated the Year's Documentaries

                          Innovative Scores Elevated the Year's Documentaries

                          It’s next to impossible for a documentary score to be Oscar-nominated alongside the dozens of fictional narratives entered each year. But it did happen, just once: In 1975, composer Gerald Fried was nominated for his music for “Birds Do It, Bees Do It,” a documentary on the mating habits of animals. Fried, now 91, perhaps [...]

                        • Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter'Mary Stuart' Play

                          Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for 'Angels in America' and 'Friends,' Dies at 82

                          Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway’s “Angels in America” and played the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green on “Friends,” died on Friday. He was 82. Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed the news to Variety. No further details were immediately available. Leibman, a native [...]

                        More From Our Brands

                        Access exclusive content

                        成 人 网 站 视频免费