The actor also acknowledged how other people of colour in the cast had suffered the same treatment in the franchise, as he highlighted the experiences of Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran and Oscar Isaac, who he calls “a brother from Guatemala,” explaining that their stories were sidelined in favour of giving “all the nuance” to their white co-stars.
“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*** 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.”
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As extracts of the interview started to circulate on social media, Boyega encouraged people to read the article in its entirety to gain a clear understanding of his perspective. He tweeted: “These conversations and me sharing isn’t about a witch hunt. It’s about clarity to an anger that can be seen as selfish, disruptive and self indulgent. Obviously in hopes of better change. Bruh. In short. I said what I said. Love to you all seriously. Your support is amazing.”
Now that his time in the Star Wars franchise has drawn to a close, Boyega is looking forward to starring on-screen in Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series, Small Axe, in which he portrays police officer and anti-racism reformer, Leroy Logan. Boyega noted how McQueen had been struck by his impassioned speech at the Black Lives Matter protest earlier this year, and that working with him on set is like being “given the chance to breathe.”
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.