If you're lucky enough to work on a Star Wars film, particularly if you're a fan of the franchise already, you get to go to work every day surrounded by hundreds of the best crafted props, costumes, creatures, and set pieces in the business, and you might even get to hold or wear some of them.
Actors develop certain attachments to various props and pieces of wardrobe over the course of playing a role, and that combined with the level of quality that comes with Star Wars craftsmanship is bound to create a desire to take at least a little something home.
Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who play Lando Calrissian and L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story, respectively, are no different in that regard. Speaking to BBC Radio 1 about the making of the film, Glover and Waller-Bridge each revealed what they were able to keep from the Solo set as souvenirs. For Glover, whose love of Lando knows no bounds, you'd really think he would have done his level best to make off with a cape. Well, sadly, Lucasfilm wouldn't part with those. He did get a piece of one, though.
“I couldn’t leave with a cape, but there’s a fake fur cape that they had extra material of, so they made a pillow of it and gave it to me," Glover said. “I didn’t realize it was the cape at first.”
Glover also managed to snag one more key piece of memorabilia, albeit accidentally. Because the filmmakers wanted Lando to look very proficient in the game of sabacc, he took one of the game's chips home to practice little hand tricks with it... and never returned it.
As for Waller-Bridge, she got to take a little part of her droid character home, and can now take it wherever she goes. To play L3, Waller-Bridge wore a green-screen body suit so that CG elements of the character (exposed wiring, etc.) could be added in post-production, but many parts of the droid's body were actually practical pieces that she wore onset, including the head. Long story short: If you ever see Phoebe Waller-Bridge on a red carpet and you think for a moment that she might have a spare droid part pinned to her clothes, that's because she does.
“I had a little grille for a mouth, which you can see in the film, and one of the model makers made a little brooch out of it for me," Waller-Bridge said. "So I’ve got the little mouth.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters Friday.