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Dec 02 2019
Billy Dee Williams Expresses Gender Fluidity Comments (0)

Billy Dee WilliamsOr at least, every other time ... (Image via Colt 45)

Billy Dee Williams, the archetypal black male sex symbol — whose machismo sold Colt 45 by the gallon — has come out as thoughtfully gender fluid at 82 in a new interview with Esquire:

What haven’t diminished at age 82 are his style, his confidence, and his effortless charm. In a simple tan button-up, with his hair slicked back, Williams continues his analysis of cool: “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.”

When I point out that Donald Glover talked about that type of gender fluidity when playing a young Lando in 2018’s Solo, Williams lights up. “Really? That kid is brilliant — just look at those videos,” he says, referencing Glover’s “This Is America” (as Childish Gambino).

The interview was to promote Williams's return to the role of Lando Calrissian on-screen for the first time since 1983 — Billy Dee will reprise that groundbreaking performance in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.