Billy Eichner Wants To See LGBTQ People ‘That Are Not A Mystery’ In Family Films


Having discovered an ideal car 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, nevertheless, 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 purple carpet moments. In a brand 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 kind of seek for the closeted homosexual character, as a result of there have been no brazenly homosexual characters, and we have been so thirsty for them,” Eichner, who performs Timon, mentioned within the July 13 interview. “I’d like to see a world the place we don’t need to argue about, , 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 motion pictures which are made, there ought to simply be present brazenly LGBT characters in order that we don’t need to preserve arguing about Bert and Ernie. I don’t care if Bert and Ernie are homosexual. I need to see precise homosexual folks that aren’t a thriller. The best way to maneuver on from all these debates is to simply 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 mentioned he’s glad director Jon Favreau “stored the custom” of getting Simba’s meerkat sidekick performed by “a homosexual actor, with a sure kind of comedic sensibility, alive.” 

Of the character himself, he added, “I didn’t take into consideration him being homosexual a lot as I assumed, ‘Nicely, I’m homosexual, and I’ve what some might contemplate a homosexual sensibility, and I’m going to deliver that to the desk, simply the way in which that Nathan did.’” 

In February, it was introduced that Eichner would write and star in a brand new romantic comedy targeted on a homosexual character, to be produced by Judd Apatow. In response to Deadline, the as-yet-untitled movie will “focus on two males who’ve dedication issues and try a relationship.”

Eichner has, after all, exhibited a comedic aptitude for uniting LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ audiences on his beloved sequence, “Billy on the Road.” Nonetheless, he admitted to feeling “a variety of stress” to get the brand new movie’s tone proper. 

“It’s form of the end result of all the pieces I’ve labored in direction of, to make an actual, mainstream humorous film about homosexual folks,” he mentioned, “that straight folks go to and snicker as if they might snicker at some other film, however that continues to be genuine to the homosexual expertise.” 

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