Billy Dee Williams is reprising the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming sequel “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, and he opened up to Esquire about what it’s been like to dust off the role he first played in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back”.
Looking back at his iconic “Star Wars” role, the 82-year-old actor says Lando was a revolutionary character for the day. “What I presented on that screen people didn’t expect to see,” he says. “And I deliberately presented something that nobody had experienced before: a romantic brown-skinned boy.”
As for what Lando has been up to in the decades that passed, he offers a theory. “I always imagined Lando being like Steve Wynn, running Las Vegas,” Williams says. “Because he’s a gambler. But he was a bit of a showman, a bit of an entrepreneur. That’s how I see Lando. I never necessarily saw him as a general running around shooting things.”
He also offered his comments on the revelation that stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had an on-set affair. “As far as I’m concerned, I mean, I don’t care what people are — if they’re f**king each other and they’re sucking each other, whatever they’re doing, that’s fine with me,” he says. “I don’t care.”
“Star Wars: The Last Skywalker” hits theatres Dec. 20.