Donald Glover was in the Big Apple ahead of the world premiere of The Lion King, stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the film.
The late night television host wasted no time asking the award-winning artist the one question that fans have been dying to know the answer to since the live-action remake was first announced: What was it like working with Beyoncé?
When Disney dropped a trailer for the CGI-animated reimagination featuring Bey and Glover, who play Nala and Simba in the film, singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” — fans were rendered speechless.
The vocals and the energy between the two were palpable, so fans have been itching to know what the recording process was like.
“Are you in the room with Beyoncé when you guys are singing?” Kimmel asked around the 3-minute mark.
“No. I requested not to be,” Glover said, which sent Kimmel into a fit of laughter. “I did not want to be looking in Beyoncé’s eyes while doing this.”
After the studio got a good chuckle from Glover’s wisecrack, he shared the actual reason he did not get a chance to record with Beyoncé. He was tied up with filming for Solo: A Star Wars Story. In the blockbuster movie, Glover played the street-wise smuggler Lando Calrissian.
“Actually, I was working on Solo at the time, so I was in London, so I recorded at Abbey Road Studios,” the Atlanta star clarified.
But he did say that he was intimidated at the thought of working with Bey.
“Well, I would imagine it’s less intimidating if you are not in the same room with Beyoncé,” Kimmel said.
“I imagine it’s less intimidating playing basketball with Michael Jordan if you’re at home just throwing pieces of paper in the trash,” he quipped, which sent the audience into another fit of laughter.
Watch the interview below:
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