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Lily Gladstone celebrates Ron Howard by paying tribute to George Lucas

Lily Gladstone’s inner monologue is a lot like Ron Howard’s.

Presenting the director with Variety’s Profile in Excellence award at the Cannes Film Festival, the “Killers of the Flower Moon” star told him: “I want you to tell the story of my life.” Sometimes I hear your voice in my life when something is particularly “arrested development.”

Howard produced and narrated the hit comedy series.

Lily Gladstone presented Ron Howard with the Profile in Excellence award at Variety’s Cannes Film Festival event. Variety via Getty Images

Gladstone also told Howard that his hit 1988 film, “Willow,” “taught me to love cinema and gave me my first hero who I loved and who I was convinced was Native American , Madmartigan. She pointed out that the name of a character in the series “Reservation Dogs”, Elora Danan, comes from a character in the film.

In turn, Howard paid tribute to his own heroes and mentors, including director George Lucas, producer of “Willow” and famed B-movie filmmaker Roger Corman.

Lucas cast Howard, who had previously starred as Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show,” in the 1973 film “American Graffiti.”

Gladstone said she loved Howard’s 1988 fantasy film “Willow,” which premiered at Cannes. ©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection
Gladstone says she was a big fan of Howard’s show, “Arrested Development.” Variety via Getty Images

“George Lucas really changed my life,” Howard said. “It helped me grow from a child artist who had a good career, but was still growing up. I suddenly became known as a successful young actor on the world film scene.

The role also helped Howard land his famous role as Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” before moving into filmmaking and starting his company with Brian Grazer, Imagine Entertainment.

“George recognized and supported my ambition to become a filmmaker,” Howard continued. “At that time, the idea of ​​someone coming out of American sitcoms to become a filmmaker was pretty ridiculous. No one had ever really done anything like that, people didn’t take the idea seriously, but George was already doing it and that meant a lot to me.

Howard paid tribute to director George Lucas. Getty Images
Howard also gave a nod to Roger Corman, who recently passed away. AFP via Getty Images

Lucas receives a Palme d’Or to close Cannes.

Howard also paid tribute to Corman – who died May 9 at age 98 – who produced his first film, 1977’s “Grand Theft Auto.”

Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh also took the stage at the party.

New York Post

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