Don­ald Glover

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Don­ald Glover is one of the hottest stars in Hol­ly­wood. The 33-year-old has just been signed to play the young Lando Cal­ris­sian in the up­com­ing Han Solo Star Wars film.

In re­cent days it was also an­nounced Glover will voice Simba in the live-ac­tion re­make of The Lion King; and he has a ma­jor role in the new Spi­der­man: Home­com­ing movie.

Adding to his re­sume, Glover has also just re­leased a new al­bum Awaken, My Love! un­der his Child­ish Gam­bino rap moniker.

But his big­gest ac­claim right now has come with hit TV com­edy se­ries, At­lanta which fol­lows univer­sity dropout Earnest Marks’ (Glover) as he at­tempts to man­age his cousin’s (Brian Tyree Henry) rap ca­reer.

Be­fore At­lanta (which won Glover this year’s Golden Globe for best com­edy ac­tor) the ac­tor was best known to TV au­di­ences as Troy Barnes in cult com­edy se­ries Com­mu­nity. At­lanta feels very dif­fer­ent to a tra­di­tional Amer­i­can sit­com. It isn’t al­ways laugh-out-loud funny and there is an el­e­ment of dan­ger to it. Why is that? The the­sis with At­lanta was to show peo­ple how it felt to be black. You can’t re­ally write that down. You have to feel it. So the tonal as­pect was re­ally im­por­tant. You are al­lowed to laugh at the char­ac­ters but you can also feel real stakes so that you care about them. I want peo­ple to be scared. That is how it feels to be black.

At­lanta is a de­par­ture from Com­mu­nity and Child­ish Gam­bino. How im­por­tant was it to be able to show an­other side to your tal­ent? What was im­por­tant for me was that this show was per­sonal. That is all you can re­ally ask from a show nowa­days – hav­ing a spe­cific view on some­thing. I grew up in At­lanta and ev­ery­body there has a phi­los­o­phy. You’ll get an Uber and the driver will tell you things like how you should be ve­gan. (Lo­cals) have a very ac­tive di­a­logue about how things are, how things were, and how things should be.

How do you re­flect on your ex­pe­ri­ence on Com­mu­nity? The di­rec­tor wanted you back for a fi­nal sea­son, but...no? I had so much fun on Com­mu­nity. It wasn’t like I wanted to run away from that (but) I just like end­ings. Ev­ery­thing should have death clauses in them. Hu­mans have death clauses. Thank God. One day Trump is go­ing to die. That is guar­an­teed. That is awe­some. It is im­por­tant that things end. I’m glad things end be­cause it forces things to progress. I get re­ally frus­trated with the world be­cause I see a lot of things that could be bet­ter but aren’t bet­ter be­cause things haven’t died yet.

WATCH AT­LANTA, SBS VICELAND, TUES­DAY, 9.20PM

“The the­sis with At­lanta was to show peo­ple how it felt to be black. I want peo­ple to be scared”

DON­ALD GLOVER ON HIS ROLE

Don­ald Glover as Earnest Marks in At­lanta.

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