“Star Wars”: John Boyega criticizes Disney
With the Black Lives Matter movements, John Boyega has shown that he doesn’t mince his words. In a new interview he proves this again – and criticizes Disney, among other things, for dealing with his character in “Star Wars”.
John Boyega has already made it clear in the past that the role as Finn in the new “Star Wars” trilogy was an enormous career boost for him, but that he is not happy with everything that resulted from it – especially not with Disney’s dealings with his part.
He is now making this more concrete in the cover story of GQ magazine than ever before. Among other things, he criticizes Disney for what was made of his character Finn. J.J. He defends Abrams, however. He also talks about the massive rejection by some “fans” only because of his skin color MOVIE4k.
Among other things, he criticizes Disney for what was made of his character Finn.
Disney’s focus on the white figures
It becomes clear that John Boyega does not necessarily want to follow suit, as he shows understanding that projects develop in directions that one does not necessarily like. But “I would say Disney: Don’t bring out a black character, market them as if they were much more important in the franchise than they are, and then push them aside,” he criticizes the role of Finn, who played in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens ”(and especially in the first trailer) seemed so important and finally became a supporting character in“ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ”.
Don’t bring out a black character, market it like it’s far more important to the franchise than it is, and then push it aside
He doesn’t see himself as an isolated case, but other people of color in the cast would only have had very small roles or their roles would have become smaller – as with Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran and even Oscar Isaac. With Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, however, Disney would have started something with the characters.
No criticism of co-stars and J.J. Abrams
“They gave all the nuances to Adam Driver, all the nuances to Daisy Ridley,” complains Boyega, who doesn’t want to criticize his co-stars: “Daisy knows that, Adam knows that. Everyone knows that. I’m not revealing anything here! “
Daisy knows that, Adam knows that. Everyone knows that. I’m not revealing anything here! “
J.J. He even explicitly exempts Abrams from criticism and even demands: “Leave my boy alone. He shouldn’t even come back and try to save your shit! ”His criticism is more likely to be directed against Disney as well as against“ Star Wars 8 ”director Rian Johnson, whom he does not explicitly mention.
Boyega’s comment on racist “fans”
Regardless of the criticism, John Boyega speaks in great detail about racist comments from “fans” who hit him after being cast as stormtrooper for “Star Wars”. After he tried to dismiss this in the past, it shows how much it bothered him.
“I was the only cast member who had a unique experience with the franchise based on race,” he explains, adding that no one else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie just because of him . And no one else got death threats on their Instagram and social media messages because a black man can’t be a stormtrooper.
no one else in the cast did people say that they are going to boycott the movie just because of it. And no one else got death threats on their Instagram and social media messages because a black man can’t be a stormtrooper.
In his first interview since finishing
In his first interview since finishing
John Boyega’s clear words in the GQ cover story should cause a stir, as they go well beyond mere criticism of Disney for the fact that his character was marginalized. He makes it clear that there is still no equal treatment of black stars in blockbuster cinema in the Hollywood industry.
that there is still no equal treatment of black stars in blockbuster cinema in the Hollywood industry.
It also becomes clear that, in contrast to the beginning of his career, Boyega no longer wants to shut up when grievances piss him off – even if it should cost him roles.
At the moment the star can’t complain. Next up is Steve McQueen’s mini-series “Small Ax” (“Shame”, “12 Years A Slave”), which will open the renowned New York Film Festival in September and will then be broadcast on TV . He has already shot the thriller “Naked Singularity” for the cinema and has several projects in preparation.