Billy Dee Williams—finest recognized for enjoying Lando Calrissian within the Star Wars franchise and likewise the person your grandmas and aunties fawned over again within the 80’s and 90’s—is opening up about his gender id.
“I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” Williams said. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
He continued: “I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.”
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) November 27, 2019
When the interviewer identified that Donald Glover, who portrayed Lando in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars, talked about embracing gender fluidity and sexuality forward of his personal Star Wars franchise debut, the legendary actor lit up.
“Really? That kid is brilliant—just look at those videos,” he stated, referring to Glover’s “This Is America” (as Childish Gambino).
Williams additionally mentioned one other signature position of his, one he says he’s most happy with—as famed NFL operating again Gale Sayers within the 1971 film Brian’s Song.
The movie, which impressed folks like The Rock and Jamie Foxx to get into the leisure biz, is about two soccer gamers who have been roommates and finest buddies.
“It was a love story, really,” Williams stated of the film, which went on to win an Emmy. “Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division.”
Asked if his upcoming efficiency within the newest Star Wars film means the top for his Lando Calrissian character, Williams stated with a wink: “It’s a conclusion—certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That’s when they determine where’s the conclusion … The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything.”
Billy Dee Williams is about to reprise his position as Lando in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will likely be launched on December 20th and can function unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher to assist full the story.
Fisher, who would have performed a key position within the movie, handed away in 2016, two years earlier than manufacturing started.