Words: Steve Brown
Billy Dee Williams says it was a ‘mistake’ to make his Star Wars character pansexual.
The actor portrayed Lando Calrissian in the original Skywalker trilogy and is set to make his return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this month.
However, the actor caused controversy earlier this month by saying he identifies as pansexual but swiftly corrected himself saying he doesn’t understand the term.
And now, Williams has weighed in on the sexuality of his Star Wars character – who was revealed to be pansexual in the Han Solo origins story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which bombed at the box office.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Williams said the reason the Donald Glover-starring production didn’t have much success was because they made Calrissian pansexual.
He said: “I think that’s the reason they didn’t have the success they could have had.
“Because they were going for something that was topical, instead of an adventure that’s far beyond those questions.
“If you’re talking about this huge, incredible story, why lock yourself into this tiny moment between a character like Lando and his robot friend?”