With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story days away, there’s been much discussion surrounding the sexuality of one character: Lando Calrissian.
Originally played by Billy Dee, Donald Glover has brought that same swagger to the space smuggler, leading fans to question whether Lando is pansexual.
Writer Jonathan Kasdan confirmed as much last week, saying: “There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality... He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules.”
Glover himself has since been asked about Kasdan’s comments, saying to SiriusXM (via EW): “How can you not be pansexual in space?”
“There are so many things to have sex with,” the actor, show-runner, and singer continued. “I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ‘cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, 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 good time out here.”
Glover also told the radio station that Billy Dee gave him some advice on Lando’s sexuality. “One thing that Billy did say was, be charming. He’s eclectic. He likes different things. He’s somebody who goes around and tries everything, and I just didn’t think about it that much. But I was like, he’s a charming person so I feel like he doesn’t have hard and fast boundaries about everything. But having somebody tell me that, I’m like, okay, cool, makes sense to me. Is it weird that I didn’t think about it that much?”
Solo: A Star Wars Story has received relatively positive reviews – a round-up of which you can read here. The movie reaches cinemas this Thursday, 24 May.
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