John Boyega has reflected on his experience as the only black lead character in the latest Star Wars trilogy.
The Bafta-winning actor, 28, made his franchise debut as stormtrooper Finn in The Force Awakens.
His casting was met with a racist backlash when the trailer for the much-anticipated film was released in 2015, with some trolls calling for a boycott. The movie is now the fourth highest grossing release of all time after taking more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide.
Despite taking a key role in the first part of the trilogy, Boyega’s character had less screen time in sequels The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
Boyega said his character was given less nuance then his white co-stars (Danny Kasirye)
In a new interview with GQ, Boyega suggested that the film industry “wasn’t even ready for [him]” to take a major role in a huge movie franchise and said that his white co-stars Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver were given “all the nuance” in the most recent trilogy.
“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything,” Boyega told the magazine.
“[But] 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. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he added.
“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?
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.”
Boyega appears on the cover of the new issue of GQ (Danny Kasirye)
Boyega also said that he was the “only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race,” explaining that this “changes you” and “makes you much more militant.”
“Nobody else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie because [they were in it],” he added.
“Nobody else had the uproar and death threats sent to their Instagram DMs and social media, saying, ‘Black this and black that and you shouldn’t be a Stormtrooper.’ Nobody else had that experience. But yet people are surprised that I’m this way. That’s my frustration.”
Read the full feature in the October issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Friday September 4
Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married
Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith. The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.
Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.
Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage. When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.
Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.
Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.
“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.
Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.
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