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John Boyega compares ‘Star Wars’ franchise to being in “Luxury Jail”

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As we all know by now, John Boyega is quite outspoken when it comes to his career. He has previously criticized Disney and the Star Wars franchise for how they didn’t protect him against racism. But now, Boyega has also revealed how working for a big franchise, like Star Wars, can actually be a very cagey experience.

John Boyega compares working on Star Wars to a “luxury jail”

John Boyega compares 'Star Wars' franchise to being in "Luxury Jail"
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While talking to Cinemabland, John Boyega revealed how the experience of working in Star Wars in a distant galaxy compared to working on something a bit more humble, like Small Axe. It’s his latest project with Oscar-winner Steve McQueen. Boyega described the experience as a “luxury jail”, saying:

Being in a big franchise, it’s kind of like luxury jail sometimes for an actor when you want to do something else. Because remember, in a franchise you’re working on one character for many years, which can starve your other muscles.

In contrast to Star Wars, Boyega loved his experience in working with McQueen. He experienced a completely different character and felt that he had struck gold. Boyega said:

And in wanting to be in something where I knew that I’d play a different type of role, a different type of man, and then knowing Steve through, we’re all a part of the same industry so I’d heard about Steve’s directing style, I was really really curious and excited to have the opportunity anyway to be a part of it. And when it came through I was on the tele like ‘this is my moment.’

In the past, the 28-year-old has complained how Star Wars didn’t treat his character Finn fairly. And many critics agreed that Disney completely ignored Finn’s character development in the Star Wars sequels. As a result, it looks like Boyega is no longer interested working in the franchise anymore, and rightly so.

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