Having discovered an ideal automobile for his skills in Disney’s photorealistic “Lion King” reboot, Billy Eichner has been relishing his time within the highlight, posing with co-star Beyoncé and “freaking out” over encounters with British royal members of the family on the movie’s starry premieres.
Eichner, nonetheless, would love his presence within the movie ― which additionally stars Donald Glover and Seth Rogen ― to have an effect that extends past onscreen laughs and meme-worthy pink carpet moments. In a new BuzzFeed interview, the homosexual actor-comedian says he’d prefer to see extra LGBTQ characters in household movies, and is hopeful his star billing in “The Lion King” is a step in that course.
“Homosexual folks at all times needed to form of seek for the closeted homosexual character, as a result of there have been no brazenly homosexual characters, and we had been so thirsty for them,” Eichner, who performs Timon, stated in the July 13 interview. “I’d like to see a world the place we don’t must argue about, you recognize, whether or not [LeFou] in ‘Magnificence and the Beast’ is homosexual or not.”
“I’m not saying that character’s homosexual,” he continued. “However within the new films which are made, there ought to simply be current brazenly LGBT characters in order that we don’t must preserve arguing about Bert and Ernie. I don’t care if Bert and Ernie are homosexual. I wish to see precise homosexual folks that aren’t a thriller. The best way to maneuver on from all these debates is to only create brazenly homosexual characters in youngsters’s programming and household leisure.”
Curiously, the character of Timon in 1994’s animated model of “The Lion King” was voiced by Nathan Lane, who’s homosexual. For his half, Eichner stated he’s glad director Jon Favreau “stored the custom” of getting Simba’s meerkat sidekick performed by “a homosexual actor, with a sure sort of comedic sensibility, alive.”
Of the character himself, he added, “I didn’t take into consideration him being homosexual a lot as I believed, ‘Nicely, I’m homosexual, and I’ve what some could take into account a homosexual sensibility, and I’m going to deliver that to the desk, simply the best way that Nathan did.’”
In February, it was introduced that Eichner would write and star in a new romantic comedy centered on a homosexual character, to be produced by Judd Apatow. According to Deadline, the as-yet-untitled movie will “focus on two males who’ve dedication issues and are trying a relationship.”
Eichner has, after all, exhibited a comedic aptitude for uniting LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ audiences on his beloved sequence, “Billy on the Street.” Nonetheless, he admitted to feeling “lots of strain” to get the brand new movie’s tone proper.
“It’s type of the end result of every part I’ve labored in the direction of, to make an actual, mainstream humorous film about homosexual folks,” he stated, “that straight folks go to and giggle as if they might giggle at every other film, however that continues to be genuine to the homosexual expertise.”
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