Billy Eichner Wants More LGBTQ Characters In Animated Movies https://t.co/GywZgnz0ju— BuzzFeed Celeb (@BuzzFeedCeleb) July 13, 2019
Eichner, who sings in the film, grew up doing musical theater and wanted to be on Broadway.
Considers Nathan Lane, the original Timon, a personal idol.
Is "glad that Jon Favreau kept the tradition of Timon being played by a gay actor, with a certain type of comedic sensibility, alive."
On reconciling his version of Timon with Lane's, "one thing that really helped is that Jon Favreau had Seth Rogen and I improvise a lot, and a remarkable amount of the improv ended up in the movie. Once you’re improvising, you have to be in the moment, you can’t be thinking about Nathan Lane and the original and all of that. And I think that really helped us tap into our version of who the characters were going to be."
On some people seeing the original Scar as being gay-coded, "People are always trying to find the gay character in animated movies. I think the way to correct that is to actually put gay characters in animated movies. I’m actually in the very early days of working on a project like that. One of the last frontiers for LGBT representation is animated family films."
On Timon's gayness, or how much of Eichner was already in the character, "I didn’t think about him being gay so much as I thought, Well, I’m gay, and I have what some may consider a gay sensibility, and I’m going to bring that to the table, just the way that Nathan did. I’m certainly not going to shy away from it. In fact, I lean into it more in my performances than I even do in my everyday life." Says he doesn't think his style is gay or straight, and that Martin Short and Will Ferrell had similar sensibilities with doing things that were big and theatrical, but because he's gay he gets pegged that way.
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