“You get involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] what I would say to Disney is don’t bring out a black character, market them to be a lot more important in the franchise than they are and then push them to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it right away, ”Boyega commented.
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“You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know everything,” he continued. “So what do you want me to say?” What they want you to say is, “I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience… “No, no, no. I will accept this deal when it is a great experience. ”
He added that some of the white cast members of the film did not experience the same results: “They gave Adam Driver all the nuance, Daisy Ridley all the nuance. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows it. Adam knows it. Everyone knows. I’m not exhibiting anything.
In the interview, Boyega also expressed his frustration with how his cast and performance in the franchise were often viewed through the lens of his race.
“I’m the only cast member who has had their own unique experience with this franchise based on their race… It makes you mad at a process like that. It makes you much more militant; it changes you. Because you realize, “I had this opportunity, but I’m in an industry that wasn’t even ready for me.”
“No one else in the cast had told people they were going to boycott the film because [they were in it]. No one else has had the outcry and death threats sent to their Instagram DMs and social media, saying, “Darken this and darken that and you shouldn’t be a Stormtrooper. No one else has had this experience. But yet people are surprised that I am like this. This is my frustration.
His comments follow a summer where Boyega stood out as a vocal, prominent and articulate activist for change after the murder of George Floyd. The actor gave an impassioned speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London in June, for which he won widespread praise and recognition.
“Sometimes you just have to be crazy,” he said GQ on the speech. “You have to define what you think. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to play the game. ”
Boyega will soon be seen in Steve McQueen’s Small ax, and the actor said the experience was positive. “Steve [brought] things that I could relate to and with a creative mind like I’ve never experienced before… It reminded me of my happiest days in drama school. Being on the set was like I had the chance to breathe.