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Casting re-boot for a franchise as iconic as Star Wars is a tenuous thing. Carrie Fisher is swirling in heavens, too good for this world, while Princess Leia end Last Jedi is still with us. Can you imagine another face crowned with that immortal hairdo? Its blasphemy, I tell you! But Dark Lord Disney has given his blessing, and here we are faced with the younger, hipper cast of Solo: Star Wars Story-origins of Han Solo. Were we even curious? Whether or not Alden Ehrenreich, with his Old Navy and good looks, has scoundrel swagger to fill Harrison Ford's utility vest is debatable. There is no doubt in my mind that Lord and Miller shared solid high-five when Donald Glover was cast as Lando Calrissian, role made legendary by Billy Dee Williams. And I bet that high-five still stung long after directing duties get passed to elder-filmmaker Ron Howard. Never has casting been so celebrated for role that is just barely character. Calrissian doesnt even get 15 minutes on screen in the entire original, sacred trilogy. In Empire Strikes Back, Lando is just a cog in a machine, used to move main characters from one area of Cloud City to other, but because he is Billy Dee Williams, hes at the top of my CAILF list. Billy Dee's qualities as an actor are ineffable-he has charisma, magnetism, devastating smile, and a body that looks damn good in the cape. I guess his qualities are effable-very, extremely effable. Billy Dee Williams is so profoundly effable, that he elevates literally any film. Case in point, direct to VHS gem, Secret Agent 00 Soul. This is a bad movie in which the titular Secret Agent, played by Billy Dee, is fired ten minutes into the film for being too clumsy to be an Agent. This movie is part James Bond, part Mr. Magoo, part Scooby Doo, and none of the parts operate even remotely. But by the miraculous power of Billy Dee Williams alone, I find myself entertained for the entire 70 minute run time. His performance transcends nonsense script, 30 % of which was ADRed in post, and makes this steaming pile watchable. The film opens with Secret Agent James Brown on a mission in Russia, narrowly escaping KGB in such spectacular form that I am sure that Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is just a rip off of Agent Zero. He then literally trips back onto homeland by helicopter, landing smack on the tarmac, where he is met by the leggiest chauffer ever committed to VHS, who deeply frenches him twice. You fell out of that helicopter and didnt even get hurt! Youre such a real man. Signals are baffling. In every scene he is tripping over houseplant into the arms of a super model. Is he buffoon or sex symbol-you decide. Those scenes may have just been improvise.

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