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Billy Dee Williams Prepped for Star Wars With Gunnar Peterson

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The Star Wars films of the last half-decade have featured just about everything a fan could ask for—iconic characters old and new, thrilling landscapes of a galaxy far, far away, and killer action sequences. But they were missing one key feature that made the original trilogy just a little more suave and debonair: Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.

Fans were ecstatic when the actor was confirmed for the final film of the saga’s latest trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, last summer. They didn’t have to wait too long in the hype cycle to get a look at the now 82-year-old Williams back in character, either, as he makes an appearance at the helm of his old ship, the Millennium Falcon, in the first teaser.

But stepping back into the character’s shoes—or more importantly, donning his cape—for the first time on film since 1983’s Return of the Jedi isn’t so simple now that Williams is over 80. He might not be pressed into any intense action sequences this time around, but Williams still faced significant physical challenges for the role. To get in Star Wars shape, the actor turned to noted celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who told Men’s Health in an interview earlier this year that Williams made his job easy.

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Billy Dee Williams and Gunnar Peterson.

Billy Dee Williams

“One thing about Billy is he’s totally willing and open and gives himself to the process,” Peterson said. “There wasn’t an ‘I can’t do that.’ He didn’t second guess himself. He never threw in the towel. He never missed, he never cancelled, he’s never late. He’s very old school.”

Peterson said that his training protocol for Williams focused on getting the actor to move in all three planes of motion (sagittal, frontal, and transverse, or up-and-down/front-to-back, side-to-side, and rotational, respectively), and mimicking everyday motions like standing up and sitting down and picking up unbalanced loads. The actor worked with Peterson two to three days per week, and added daily rides on a stationary bike for 20 to 30 minutes. Their main goals were to help Williams lose weight, adjust his movement patterns, and improve his conditioning.

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While Williams’ age meant that he wasn’t pushing big weights, Peterson didn’t consider that a limiting factor to their programming. “I took it like an athlete in a return to play protocol,” he said. “It’s been a minute since he’s down this role—and by a minute I mean four decades—and he has not, on a regular basis, been doing the movements required by this role. So we had to ease into it.”

This meant that Peterson eased Williams back into the swing of things gradually, rather than pushing him to jump straight into the final form of the workout right away. “We started with basic simple movements, and then built on that.”

A sample Tuesday training session saw Williams riding a recumbent bike for up to 15 minutes to start, before moving on to a “circuit-esque” series of exercises. First up would be a walking lunge holding a sandbag, then a push press with a core stick. Seated leg raises come next, then a leg raise hold with the added element of Peterson and Williams tossing a ball back and forth. Dumbbell rows continued the series, before Williams lunged back with the sandbag again to take some time on a Cybex Arc trainer. Narrow to wide grip barbell curls followed, then a Synergy Power Tower for upper body presses. Williams would run through the whole series three times.

Peterson also emphasized a constant stream of activity. “I try to keep a pace, so we get x amount of volume done in a workout,” he said. “I think that’s an integral part of working with a trainer.”

But Williams wasn’t the only one benefiting from the training sessions. Peterson spoke admiringly of his client, clearly happy to have had the opportunity to work together. “One of the fun parts for me is he’s an open book,” Peterson said. “He’ll tell you fun stories—he’s an incredibly interesting man, not just because of how long he’s lived but because of what he’s done in his life and how long he’s been a relevant part of American culture. He does phenomenal impressions—it’s unbelievable, I’ll say ‘have you played that role?’ and he’ll say ‘No, but I could.’ It’s incredible.”

You’ll get to see the results of all of Williams’ hard work when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters later this year on December 20.

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Kenyan celebrities talking about American race issues is hypocrisy

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Kenyan celebrities are weighing in on the recently cowardly and callous killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officer. And while there is nothing wrong about Kenyan celebrities with no connection to the political temperature in America adding to their voice to the millions of others calling out the institutionalized racism in America, one has to also look to see whether these same guys speak up when things are thick in Kenya.

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And we did some checking and realized that the same guys currently touting their global villager citizenship are usually mute when Kenya is up in flames. These same Kenyan celebrities are clowns.

You see, as trump pointed out, Kenya is a shithole nation. We have so many issues at the moment that we need to address. But be that as it may, Kenyan artists would prefer to virtue signal and talk about distant issues over in the land of the brave, the home of the free where they will suffer no repercussions.

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When post-election violence erupted, how many people came out to denounce it early on rather than waiting for ethnic and tribal diatribe to be drawn up for them? How many Kenyans recently spoke up about the disputed and divisive general elections that had to be re-conducted? How many Kenyan celebrities have been talking about the still existing internally displaced people? Or the rampant and widespread corruption that has seen our shithole country sink to demoralizing levels of depth that threatens the wellbeing of future generations?

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I will wait for you to point them out.

I would love to see the Jua Calis and the Janet Mbuguas raise their voices when Kenyan police batter protesters. i would love to see Kenyan celebrities talk about unlawful and cruel evictions.

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‘Ours was a complicated father-daughter relationship,’ cries Jimmy Wayuni’s daughter

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One of the daughters of celebrated Benga musician Jimmy Wayuni has revealed that she was not that close to him.

In a tweet that has since gone viral, award winning filmmaker Mercy Murugi reveals that for the longest time she would have loved Jimmy to play the role of daddy.

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Blessings galore! President Kenyatta welcomes newest grandchild, Uhuru

She wrote,

“How do you mourn a man you had barely known? How do you mourn the man you called biological father but fought so much with him for the title of Dad that he wanted, but you felt he was yet to earn?”

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Adding,

“What many never knew is Jimmy Wayuni is my biological father. And now he’s gone.”

Jimmy lost his life yestsrday night in a tragic car accident along Thika Road.

Mercy paid tribute to the fallen icon.

“Rest in peace Jimmy Wayuni Githinji. Ours was a complicated father – daughter relationship. Both of us headstrong. Prolly got it from you. That and my eyes. Rest easy.
💞💞.”

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Blessings galore! President Kenyatta welcomes newest grandchild, Uhuru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is a happy grandpa for the second time in four years.

His first born son, Jomo Kenyatta is reported to have welcomed a baby boy named Uhuru at Nairobi Hospital.

This will be the second child for Jomo and his wife Fiona Ngobi Achola.

Their first born daughter is named Wanjiru after Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta.

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Baby Wanjiru was born in October 2017.

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The second born, Uhuru is said to have arrived on May 27, 2020.

To date there has never been a photo of baby Wanjiru in public. It seems the parents want to keep it that way.

The same applies to Baby Uhuru.

All the same congratulations Fiona and Jomo on your bundle of joy.

 

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