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Billy Dee Williams Opens Up About Gender Fluidity

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Star Wars fans will remember the iconic actor in his role as Lando Calrissian, reprised recently by actor Donald Glover. Glover recently described the character as pansexual, prompting Williams to tell Esquire:

"Really? That kid is brilliant — just look at those videos," referring to Glover's media hit, 'This is America.'

In the interview, 82 year old Williams described his pronoun usage, saying "You see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine." Perhaps his own gender fluidity influenced the character of Lando, and was noted by Glover. Fans can look forward to seeing Williams return to the silver screen as Lando Calrissian on December 20th, 2019, for the upcoming release of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.'

It's not the first time that Williams has taken on roles that tackled issues of identity. In the 1971 film 'Brian's Song,' Williams took on the role of Gayle Sayers, depicting a loving heterosexual friendship that just so happened to be interracial. Williams has since called Gayle one of his most proud roles. "It was a love story, really," said Billy Dee. "Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division."

Photo: Billy Dee Williams at the 2019 Phoenix Fan Fusion/ Gage Skidmore