Star Wars Actor Billy Dee Williams Identifies With Both 'Himself' And 'Herself' Pronouns
Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams has said he uses both 'himself' and 'herself', as he views himself as both masculine and feminine.
In a new interview with Esquire, the actor who starred as Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars movies said: "I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously.
"And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself."
Eighty-two-year-old Williams is set to reprise the role of Lando in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In the past, fans have theorised over Lando's sexuality, with Donald Glover (who played a younger version of Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story) asking: "How can you not be pansexual in space?"
In an interview with SiriusXM, Glover added: "There are so many things to have sex with.
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"I didn't think that was that weird. Yeah, he's coming on to everybody. I feel like if you're in space it's kind of like, the door is open! It's like, [not] only guys or girls - no, it's anything.
"This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have a good time out here."
When Esquire made Williams aware of Glover's comments, he said: "Really? That kid is brilliant."
Williams also revealed that he underwent a strict diet and training regime in preparation of becoming Lando once again, explaining: "When I have to go to work, my ego tells me I want to look pretty good. I don't want to look bad. I don't want to look like a slob."
As for what's next for Lando, Williams said that all 'depends on how much money is generated' from the new movie, adding: "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."
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit UK cinemas on 19 December.
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