How Doc Brown was ALMOST in Star Wars | Comic got down the last two for  Lando Calrissian role

How Doc Brown was ALMOST in Star Wars

Comic got down the last two for Lando Calrissian role

comedyBen Bailey Smith – better known on the stand-up circuit as Doc Brown – has revealed how he almost landed a major part in the Star Wars franchise, but was beaten to it by a MUCH bigger name

The rapper turned comedian turned actor got down to the last two for the role Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story – but lost out to Donald Glover. 

But speaking to fellow comic Stuart Goldsmith on his Infinite Sofa chat show, Smith admitted: ’I would never have done a job as good as him.’

‘So it’s one of those ones  where I’ve got to go, "You know what, fair play".

‘Had it gone to Reggie Yates I would have been pissed!’

Lando was a gambler, con artist, playboy, mining engineer, businessman, and the owner of the Millennium Falcon until losing the ship to Han Solo in a bet. 

He was played by Billy Dee Williams in Return Of The Jedia and The Empire Strikes Back before Childish Gambino star Glover played a younger version in the 2018 blockbuster.

Smith’s next addition to his career will be as a children’s author, having signed a deal for a trilogy with publisher Bloomsbury.

Provisionally titled Ha Ha, Car, the first book is the story of Carmichael Taylor, who becomes the world’s youngest stand-up comedian, and is due to  be published in the spring.

Published: 6 Aug 2020

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