John Boyega Says Disney Ignored His Star Wars Character ‘Finn’!
He also opens up about the racist backlash he faced from Star Wars fans!
It’s common knowledge that John Boyega has parted ways with Disney’s Star Wars once and for all. He has spoken quite clearly on Twitter that he does not want to reprise his role as Finn for quite some time now. But, it looks like Boyega’s grievances against the franchise are a bit more serious than just a career choice.
The actor has openly lashed out at Disney, saying that the studio ignored his character, Finn, and wasted his potential. Moreover, Boyega has even said that Disney gave all the “nuance” to Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley and left him and Kelly Marie Tran out to dry.
John Boyega does not hold back against Disney in the latest interview
In an explosive interview with GQ magazine, John Boyega expressed openly what he felt about Disney and how they treated his character and him. He says that Disney did not do any kind of Justice with his Star Wars character Finn, saying:
“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. 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.”
Moreover, Boyega also highlighted the fact that his character Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico got treated far worse than Adam Driver’s Kylo Renn and Daisy Ridley’s Ray. He said:
“They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. But when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f**k all.”
And this criticism by Boyega is in many ways valid. Finn’s character arc in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were deplorable and made no sense, as we discussed previously. And Disney absolutely cut off Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose in The Rise of Skywalker, after the heavy criticism and abuse she received because of The Last Jedi. But, it wasn’t just criticism, but racist abuse that they faced.
The outrage Boyega faced from racist fans
John Boyega further highlighted the racism that he faced from fans as part of the Star Wars cast. In some cases, he even faced death threats. And Boyega believes that no other cast member of the show had to face what he faced, and it was based on his race. Both Boyega and Marie Tran had to face racist attacks from fans, with many of them boycotting the films instead of seeing a diverse cast. He told GQ:
“I’m the only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race. Nobody else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie because [they were in it]. 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.”
And John Boyega has lashed out at toxic fans, especially of Star Wars, on Twitter before as well. He gets all kinds of unwarranted abuse that no actor should ever receive. And much of it, as he mentioned, is racist as well. That is why he was so vocally in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
He also talked about his passionate Black Lives Matter speech
While talking to GQ, John Boyega also explained how he wants to use his privilege as a celebrity to spread awareness about racism. He said:
“I feel like, especially as celebrities, we have to talk through this filter of professionalism and emotional intelligence. Sometimes you just need to be mad. You need to lay down what it is that’s on your mind. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to play the game.”
And John Boyega used his platform to the fullest to speak out against racism. He gave a very passionate speech outside the British Parliament back on June the 3rd, at the peak of George Floyd protests. And with the racism he faced as a Star Wars actor, it’s no wonder that he is “done” with the franchise for good.
— SymeonBrown (@symeonbrown) June 3, 2020