Billy Dee Williams has lived an adventurous life, and it seems that the 86-year-old actor wishes to share his thoughts on the journey so far. His memoir What Have We Here? Portrait of a Life releases today. Also, for those of you who are fans of audiobooks, it is also narrated by Williams.
The iconic Star Wars actor sat down with USA Today to discuss the memoir's release and share his thoughts on Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. The interview opened with Williams stating, "I would say it's been a full life. I don't normally talk about myself, but I think this is probably a good time. [I'm] at that stage where I'm thinking about legacy and all that kind of stuff."
When asked about meeting Fisher and Ford, Williams said, "Meeting the original cast from the first “Star Wars” movie was a big thrill. I loved Carrie. She was a really wonderful young woman, and extremely bright. And Harrison and I became good friends."
Williams added about his unforgettable character, Lando Calrissian, "Anytime you do a character, you bring a lot of yourself. But I wanted to really do something a little bit special with Lando. He was a person of the future, really, basically. And then, of course, when I got the cape, that was like Errol Flynn time for me. I was trying to really make a real hero, a dubious hero, which is always best because it makes the character much more interesting. I wanted to give that character a certain vulnerability, and I think it worked out just fine. Even though I got accused of betraying Han Solo for a while there."
The entire interview is wonderful as Williams speaks about his mother, other iconic roles he played, breaking racial barriers, and more. You can see it on USA Today here.
Billy Dee Williams' memoir What Have We Here? Portrait of a Life is available today. You can get it wherever books are sold.