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John Boyega Had a ‘Transparent Talk’ With Disney Over His Star Wars Frustrations

November 3, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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John Boyega has been open about his frustrations with working on the Star Wars and says he had a “very transparent” conversation with a studio executive over it. Boyega, who played Finn in the most recent trilogy, has previously discussed how he was frustrated with how the franchise treated its characters played by people of colour including himself, Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Naomi Ackie (Jannah) and even the Quatemala and Cuban-descended Oscar Isaac (Poe). Speaking with THR for a new feature, Boyega said that he wasn’t ever interested in keeping quiet regarding his concerns.

“I’m the type of person that came into an industry in which I felt there was, not to give it the L.A. stab, just a lot of pretense,” he said. “I don’t roll like that. I’ve been in situations in life in which I know what it feels like to have your life at risk. There are deeper things going on here. I don’t care about trying to mesh in with the system in order to secretly work it. That’s just not my way. Everyone’s just got to have an honest and open conversation. It doesn’t have to be conflicting or rude, but it’s a chance for us to actually, really and truly understand where each other is coming from.”

Boyega noted that after he spoke out, an executive from Disney got in touch with him. “It was a very honest, a very transparent conversation,” he said. “There was a lot of explaining on their end in terms of the way they saw things. They gave me a chance also to explain what my experience was like. I’d hope that me being so open with my career, at this stage, would help the next man, the guy that wants to be the assistant DOP, the guy that wants to be a producer. I hope that the conversation is not such a taboo or elephant in the room now, because someone just came and said it.”

Boyega is next set to appear in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, which premieres on Amazon Prime Video on November 20th.