John Boyega revealed during a recent interview that had a meeting with Disney after he voiced dissatisfaction with how black and Asian characters were treated in the Star Wars movies. This was after an interview he did back in September with GQ in which he revealed that he felt Disney had used the actor’s likeness in its ads in order to highlight that these new Star Wars movies had a black character in them.
However, he was then pretty much sidelined in the subsequent Star Wars movies. If you’ve watched the new Star Wars trilogy, then you’ll realise that Finn becomes less and less important in them as the movies go on. That is pretty upsetting given how promising and important he was in the first movie. Here’s what John Boyega said back then:
You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] 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.
John Boyega and Disney had a meeting after he voiced his dissatisfaction with how the Star Wars movies treated characters of colour
Here’s what John Boyega had to say about his meeting with Disney during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
It was a very honest, a very transparent conversation. 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.
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