With today marking the release of the movie The Lazarus Effect, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) recently sat down with Collider and addressed his big acting plans for 2015 and his role in the Olivia Wilde-starring horror-thriller specifically.
While Gambino didn’t speak about the prospects for new music he confirmed three movie roles in 2015 and the development of his own FX comedy, Atlanta. Explaining his current status in the industry, the because the internet rapper admitted to feeling pigeonholed at different points in his career.
“I think earlier it was a little hard just because I don’t think people understood what I was,” he said. “That’s what I think it really is. I think when you make a lane it’s hard, because you’re trying to look at blueprints and you’re like, ‘Those don’t work.’ But this is a different thing. Now I kind of understand myself a lot more.”
Glover also touched on his upcoming role in a new Ridley Scott film, an experience he called “some real artist shit.”
“I had a good time,” he said of his time filming The Martian. “I had a really good time. I mean, that cast was really brilliant. Working with Chiwetel [Ejiofor] and Kristen Wiig – I was like, ‘This is crazy.’ I knew Kristen already, but seeing her work – that also, was a learning experience. Ridley – it was dope. Also, again, very different directing style. We didn’t do it a bunch of times, so it felt like a play. We had long monologues, with a long-ass NASA – talking about shit and having to look it up. He’s like, ‘Okay, we’re going to do it. That was pretty good, so we might do it one more time.’ You’re like, ‘Was it good?’ I hadn’t done that in a long time, so it really did give me the buzz to be like, ‘Oh man, this is really fun.’ You live in it. We were shooting in Hungary. So you’re in Hungary, you go out at night, you work in your room. It felt like some real artist shit. It was good.”
The writer-actor-rapper also detailed his role in a Magic Mike sequel and confirmed that he plays a stripper. “I definitely show myself a little bit,” he said. “It’s a funny thing. I just never really – that energy is, I don’t know, getting into it is cool, to just dive into something like that. I’ve never been in that world. It’s very few people who have ever been a convention center filled with 900 women screaming. That’s a feeling that I feel like very few people know. It was crazy.”
As for a possible return to Community, the sitcom that introduced him to many of his current fans, Gambino didn’t write off the possibility of a return. “Everything’s possible,” he said. “I love it over there. I just always want to make sure it’s good for the – you never want to do something just to make people feel good. You always want to make sure it works. I want my kids one day, I don’t want them to be like, ‘That episode was whack.’ And I’m like, ‘But people really wanted it.’ [Laughs] You know? No one cares. I always want the art to stand, because in the end that’s all that’s left.”
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