Surely, being in star wars it had never been an easy time for John Boyega. Since the first day of the trailer of The Force Awakens, he was seen as the face of a Black stormtrooper. Also, All the racist Star Wars fans climbed out of their holes to protest. Furthermore, Boyega had to carry the weight of a new character in a very esteemed franchise of all-time. Not only this, but he also had to hold up a racial aspect distinct from his other cast-members.
Recently there was an interview with British GQ wherein Boyega reflected on his time with Star Wars. He not only told about his mixed feelings on the experience but also said that he is the only cast member who had his own unique experience of that franchise based on their race. Furthermore, he talked about how he felt he and his fellow non-white cast-members were shortchanged when it came to fulfilling character arcs.
He mentions it will be very difficult to manoeuvre while calibrating the level of professional diplomacy to display. He adds that You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything.
What more John Boyega talked about?
He talks about himself and the character of Finn. Boyega mentions the former Stormtrooper who wielded a lightsaber in the first film before being nudged to the boundary. Not only this he mentions other people of color in the cast as well. Some of them include Naomi Ackie and Kelly Marie Tran and even Oscar Isaac (“a brother from Guatemala”). He feels that they also suffered the same treatment. Also, he acknowledges that some people will say he’s “crazy” or “making it up”. Undoubtedly the reordered character hierarchy of The Last Jedi was particularly hard to take.