Lena Dunham reveals how Donald Glover played out his cameo on 'Girls'
Lena Dunham reveals the details about Donald's cameo on the show and how he chose to improvise his lines.
Donald Glover has always managed to get into the role of the character he plays and this is something which comes as a surprise, not even Lena Dunham, who worked with the actor for Girls. In an interview, which Lena gave for New Yorker profile on Glover, she recalled the time when Donald improvised his lines.
Let us refresh your memories, Donald had made an appearance on the Season 2 of the show where he appeared as Sandy, a black Republican that Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) casually dated. One of the two episodes in which Donald appeared showed the couple breaking up due to their differences.
The breakup scene happened to catch the attention of many as it had some very intense dialogue. However, it so happens that those dialogues were never part of the scene and it was Donald who improvised the scene. In the show, when Hanna breaks up with Sandy because she thinks that their "political beliefs are just too different", Sandy starts with his dialogue which leaves the viewer amazed.
"I knew this. This always happens,” Sandy says. "'Oh, I’m a white girl and I moved to New York and I'm having a great time and oh, I've got a fixed gear bike and I'm going to date a black guy, and we're going to go to a dangerous part of town' ... I know this. I've seen it happen a million times. Then they can't deal with who I am.”
Talking about this particular incident during the interview, Lena said, " Every massive insult of white women was one hundred percent him." After the scene was shot, Lena recalled that she emailed Donald regarding the same by writing, "‘I hope you feel the part on Girls didn’t tokenize you."
However, it was the response of Donald that is worth noting. Reverting to the mail he wrote, "Let’s not think back on mistakes we made in the past, let’s just focus on what lies in front of us.’" Lena fear of "tokenizing" Donald's character was likely taking into consideration how various critics had commented about "lack of diversity" on the show. But Lena had made it clear that Donald was cast for the role long before these came up.
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