John Boyega hailed Star Wars producer LucasFilm “hero” after Black Lives Matter speech

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John Boyega was hailed as a “hero” by Star Wars producer LucasFilm following his passionate speech at the Black Lives Matter event in Hyde Park in London.

The big-screen star, 28, spoke out against the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 2 in front of the 15,000 men. crowd that gathered on Wednesday.

He warned that his activism could hurt his career – but has since been inundated with support from the film industry.

Support: John Boyega, 28, was hailed as a “hero” by Star Wars producers LucasFilm following his passionate speech at the Black Lives Matter event in Hyde Park in London

LucasFilm shared a link to a video of John’s speech on the Star Wars website with a caption that said: ‘Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message that,” Now is the time. Black lives have always counted. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something. ”

“The evil of racism must stop. We are committed to participating in the long overdue change around the world.

“John Boyega, you are our hero.

Together: LucasFilm shared a link to a video of John's speech on the Star Wars website with a caption that started: `` Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message ... ''

Together: LucasFilm shared a link to a video of John’s speech on the Star Wars website with a caption that started: “Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message …”

Risk: John (pictured in Star Wars: Episode IX) warned that his activism could hurt his career - but has since been inundated with support from the film industry

Risk: John (pictured in Star Wars: Episode IX) had warned that his activism could harm his career – but has since been inundated with support from the film industry

And a host of other famous faces quickly added their support, including Star Wars legend Mark Hamill who admitted he had never felt more proud of his co-star.

Mark tweeted: ‘Never been more proud of you, John. @JohnBoyega [heart emoji], dad [sic]. ‘

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also supported by retweeting a video of the actor with a simple caption that said, “Love this man.”

Similarly, editor of 9 Rides and director Matthew A. Cherry urged other filmmakers to work with John.

He tweeted, “I would work with John Boyega and urge other non-black creators to claim that they also have their backs.

Because I know that most black creators have supported it. And I also know that we are not the ones who would try to make him a black ball either.

Powerful: And a host of other famous faces quickly added their support, including Star Wars legend Mark Hamill who admitted he had never felt more proud of his co-star

Powerful: And a host of other famous faces quickly added their support, including Star Wars legend Mark Hamill who admitted he had never felt more proud of his co-star

Writer and director Seth Graeme-Smith replied, “Any project. Any role he wants.

He then added, “I can’t think of a single project that wouldn’t be raised by the participation of John Boyega. Not one.’

Another director, Birds of Prey, Cathy Yan, responded and admitted that she would be thrilled to throw him into one of her films.

She wrote, “I would love to work with John Boyega. “

We are one: Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also supported by retweeting a video of the actor with a simple caption that said: `` Love this man ''

We are one: Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also supported by retweeting a video of the actor with a simple caption that said, “Love this man”

Backing up: writer and director Seth Graeme-Smith said: `` I can't think of a single project that wouldn't be brought up by the participation of John Boyega. Not one'

Backup: Screenwriter and director Seth Graeme-Smith said, “I can’t think of a single project that wouldn’t be brought up by John Boyega. Not one’

Harmony: the director of Birds of Prey Cathy Yan was another to answer and admit that she would be delighted to throw him in one of his films

Harmony: the director of Birds of Prey Cathy Yan was another to answer and admit that she would be delighted to throw him in one of his films

And John’s Pacific Rim: Uprising director Stephen DeKnight told Cathy that she wouldn’t regret it if she did.

He replied, “You would have fun.

“John Boyega was one of the most prepared, talented and funniest human beings until you cried who I have never had the privilege of working with.

Jordan Peele also reassured the Detroit actor by simply adding, “We have you, John.”

Resounding: Pacific Rim: Uprising director Stephen DeKnight told Cathy that she wouldn't regret it if she did

Resounding: Pacific Rim: Uprising director Stephen DeKnight told Cathy that she wouldn’t regret it if she did

Reassurance: Jordan Peele also reassured the Detroit actor by simply adding: `` We have you, John ''

Reassurance: Jordan Peele also reassured the Detroit actor by simply adding: “We have you, John”

It comes after George Floyd, 46, an African-American man, died on May 25 after a white policeman knelt on the neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His death sparked days of protests across the country over police brutality against African Americans.

Minneapolis police, accused of killing Floyd, Derek Chauvin, were arrested on Friday and charged with third degree murder, officials said.

John told the protesters, “We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.

Heartache: it occurs after George Floyd, 46, (photo), an African-American man, died on May 25 after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heartache: it occurs after George Floyd, 46, (photo), an African American man, died on May 25 after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I speak to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after that, but f *** that.

He continued, “Today these are innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we are going to make sure it will not be a foreign thought for our young people.

“I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to remember every day that your run means nothing and that it no longer does, it never has.

He urged protesters to remain peaceful while testifying of Mr. Floyd’s death.

“It is very, very important that we keep control of this moment. Let us make this as peaceful and organized as possible, ”he said.

Demonstration: crowds gathered in central London at 1 p.m. for the demonstration with many signs and chanting:

Demonstration: crowds gathered in central London at 1 p.m. for the demonstration with many signs and chanting: “No justice, no peace”

“Because they want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganized, but not today.

“This message is specifically for black men, the black men we need to take care of our black women. They are ours. They are our future.

“We cannot demonize ours. We are the pillars of the family.

“Imagine this, a nation that is made up of individual families who thrive, who are healthy, who communicate, who raise their children in love have a better rate of becoming better human beings.

“Black men, it starts with you. It’s done, man, we can’t be trash anymore. We have to be better.

“You have come a lot today, you have left your children, and when you see your children playing aimlessly, they do not understand what is going on.

Stand as one: most of the protesters wore gloves and masks and also chanted

Stand as one: most of the protesters wore gloves and masks and also chanted “black lives matter” and “we will not be silent”

Progress: a new demonstration of Black Lives Matter is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. on Parliament Square

Progress: a new demonstration of Black Lives Matter is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. on Parliament Square

“Today is the day we remind them that we are dedicated and it is lifelong dedication.

“Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own stores.

“You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all come together to make this world a better place. “

Crowds gathered in central London at 1 p.m. for the protest with numerous road signs chanting “no justice, no peace”.

Most of the demonstrators wore gloves and masks and also chanted “black lives matter” and “we will not be silent”.

Another Black Lives Matter event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday on Parliament Square.

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