John Boyega revealed that he had had a “transparent and honest conversation” with LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy about the Star Wars portrayal.
Earlier this year, the 28-year-old actor called out the franchise for “sidelining” his Stormtrooper-turned-rebel hero Finn and giving “all the nuance” to his white co-stars Daisy Ridley and Adam. Driver.
Discussing the consequences of his remarks, John told the BBC on Tuesday: “I got a phone call from Kathleen Kennedy, and she has just verbally shown her support and we have to have a very nice, transparent and honest conversation which is beneficial for we both. .
Discussion: John Boyega revealed on Tuesday that he and LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy had an “honest conversation” about portraying in Star Wars
“I think those types of conversations can make it seem like you’re just trying to save your own career, but what’s great now is that now it’s a conversation that everyone has access to.
“Now people can speak out about it knowing that any character that we particularly love in these franchises, like Wonders or Star Wars, we love them because of the moments given to them.
“We love them because of those moments, and it’s heroic moments that these producers all decide for these characters, so we have to see it in our characters who are maybe black and from other cultures. “
Candid: Earlier this year, the 28-year-old actor called out the franchise for “sidelining” his Stormtrooper-turned-rebel hero Finn and giving “all the nuance” to his white co-stars
Make a change: About the conversation John said “She just verbally showed her support and we need to have a really nice, transparent and honest conversation that is beneficial to both of us”
Boyega’s defector, Storm Trooper Finn, seemed ready from the start – in Episode VII – The Force Awakens – to lead a rebellion uprising made up of other disillusioned Empire cronies.
But unfortunately, due to so many factors, Boyega’s character, along with Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose, were unfairly swept to the side in the latest cut of Rise Of Skywalker, which wrapped up last year’s saga.
It’s an issue Boyega first addressed in September, in an interview with British GQ, in which he proclaimed that Disney was marketing his character as being “much more important” than he ultimately became.
Rightfully so: Boyega’s character Finn seemed set from the start – in Episode VII – The Force Awakens – to lead an uprising of the rebellion of other disillusioned Empire cronies
Inequitable: Unfortunately, due to many factors, Boyega’s character, as well as Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose, were unfairly brushed to the side in last year’s Rise Of Skywalker latest cut.
He went on to say that he felt the white characters in the film were a lot more “nuanced,” suggesting that the director team didn’t know how to properly treat him like a black actor.
“They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows it. Adam knows it. Everyone knows. I’m not exhibiting anything, ”he said at the time.
It’s a sentiment he revisited in his conversation with Yahoo this week, when he compared his character Finn – who had the makings of a true cinematic hero – with a character like Captain America.
Appellant: In September John said of the plot, “They gave Adam Driver all the nuance, Daisy Ridley all the nuance. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows it. Adam knows it ‘(photo)
“We all know what makes roles so lucrative [are] the moments you give them. If Captain America doesn’t have the scenes to enhance his portrayal and make him enjoyable for you, we won’t think he’s cool, ”Boyega reasoned.
‘[So] why shouldn’t black characters and black actors also fight for this same type of representation?
Last month, John discussed a scaled-down script for the latest film, ultimately titled Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker, that would have given Finn a more meaty role.
Do better: Speaking to the BBC, John said that in films the heroic moments are decided by the producers, “so we have to see that in our characters who are maybe black and from other cultures”
Makings of a hero: It mirrored his remarks earlier this year, when he said “if Captain America doesn’t have the stages to bolster his portrayal … we won’t think he’s cool”
‘I think [initial Episode IX director] Colin Trevorrow was going to tell this story, ”John said during the video chat.
He was referring to Trevorrow’s original take on how the final film – which he would have titled Star Wars: Duel Of The Fates – would play out, before Colin left the project entirely and was replaced by the pilot of the Episode VII JJ Abrams.
‘Concept art in the Star Wars book has this image of Finn with blue [Rebellion] flag, and you’ve got the AT-ATs lined up with tribal markings, and the stormtroopers take off their helmets, ”Boyega continued, referring to the concept art leaked by Trevorrow’s vision.
“It would have been sick. It would have been dope, hands down.
Preferable: Last month John said that a scaled-down script for the final film, in Colin Treverrow’s original script for Dual Of The Fates (pictured), gave Finn a meatier role “would’ve been dope”