Actor John Boyega, who played the role of Finn in the Star Wars films, has slammed Disney of marginalising his character for racial reasons. The actor has accused the production company of marketing Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver’s role as important characters of the franchise. And he was ultimately “pushed to the side”.
During an interview, John Boyega claimed that his role as black stormtrooper Finn faded in the later episodes of the trilogy. He also expressed his bitterness for not developing the character further after ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2019.
In an interview with GQ, the 28-year-old actor, John had shared his experience on working on three “Star Wars” movies, which were “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker”. He said, “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. 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,” John Boyega alleged.
John Boyega made further allegations that his co-actors, who were white, also was well aware that other characters in the movies were being ill-treated.
“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,” John added.
Following the interview, John Boyega also took to Twitter to express his stance over the interview. He wrote, “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.”
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 ! ❤️
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) September 2, 2020