John Boyega calls Disney out for marketing a Black character …

Now, six years later, with the most recent trilogy achieved, Boyega is speaking up about his time engaged within the franchise. And understandably, he doesn’t seem too joyful.

“What I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side,” he said in an interview with GQ UK that was revealed Wednesday.

Boyega was referring to his character Finn, a former Stormtrooper who carried out a very important place inside the first movie of the most recent reiteration of the beloved franchise, nonetheless then largely grew to change into additional of a background character as the subsequent films centered additional on Rey and Kylo Ren, carried out by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.

And he said he wasn’t the one cast apart. It was every particular person of shade involved inside the movies, along with Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, and Oscar Isaac, he said.

“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he said. “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 f**k all. So what do you want me to say?”

Boyega acknowledged that being a part of the franchise was an “amazing opportunity” and a “stepping stone.”

But, he instructed the publication, “What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience…’ Nah, Nah, Nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience. They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.”

Hollywood has prolonged confronted backlash for its lack of illustration on show, with advocates inside the commerce voicing their criticism in an open #OscarsSoWhite marketing campaign in 2015 and 2016. That an identical 12 months, Boyega was among the many many 683 new members added to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
And whereas Hollywood is additionally varied than sooner than, many inside the commerce have pointed out there could also be nonetheless a nice distance to go.
Just closing week, fellow Black Brit Letitia Wright tweeted about nonetheless having to ask for Black hair and make-up artists to be given bigger positions on models the place the overwhelming majority of cast members are Black.
And lastly 12 months, Gabrielle Union opened up regarding the racism she confronted whereas engaged on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I’m the only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race,” Boyega instructed GQ UK about his time engaged in “Star Wars.”

“Let’s just leave it like that. It makes you angry with a process like that. It makes you much more militant; it changes you. Because you realize, ‘I got given this opportunity but I’m in an industry that wasn’t even ready for me.'”

Boyega talked concerning the lack of life threats he obtained over his casting and the calls by some followers to boycott the film because of him. “Nobody else had that experience,” he said.

The interview has made waves online, with many praising Boyega, and others turning into a member of him in calling out Disney.

“I hope Hollywood gives John Boyega a franchise worthy of his talents now,” said comic book author G. Willow Wilson.
“Disney promoting John Boyega like he was going to become a Jedi and then making him a side character is a good reason for us to all get mad,” one particular person on Twitter wrote, along with the promotional footage that embodies Boyega holding a delicate saber.

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