Star Wars Actor Open to Being First LGBT Character

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With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” coming to theatres on Dec. 15, many fans are eager to know when the franchise is going to reveal the sexuality of the film’s popular character, Poe.

Oscar Isaac, who stars as the X-wing fighter, spoke on the topic during a video interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub Tuesday and revealed that if the film decides to make his character LGBT, he’s very open to the idea.

“What it means to me is that people can see themselves in a hero like this, in a movie like this ― which I love ― not only LGBT but Latinos, that there is a representation out there for that,” he said.

Back in February 2016, executive producer of “The Last Jedi,” J.J. Abrams reiterated those same sentiments to The Daily Beast, stating that what the “Star Wars” franchise represents is openness, especially when it comes to their character’s identity.  

“When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters,” Abrams said. “It’s about inclusivity. So of course. I would love it. To me, the fun of ‘Star Wars’ is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

Although fans may not get their wish when “The Last Jedi,” hits theatres next week, Isaac want to relay that a LGBT character may be coming very soon.  

“As to actually seeing how that manifests itself in Poe in this film that isn’t going to necessarily be a clear story point in this one,” he said. “But as an actor, and for me, I’m very open to those possible story lines and I don’t think it needs to be nailed down in any kind of traditional way.”


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