Remember when actor John Boyega took part in the BLM Protests and said something to the effect of “by doing this I might not ever get another acting job again?” Well that might not hurt him, but his latest comments has the Finn actor looking like kind of an ungrateful brat.
Now far be it for me to defend the Star Wars sequel trilogy. I thought two of the films were drenched in Nostalgia while the other one tried to separate itself so much from the franchise that it got lost in the tall grass.
But one thing the sequel trilogy did strive to do more of with its woke presentation was to try and diversify its cast. Nothing wrong with that, I applaud that. But Boyega for some reason now thinks his supporting character should have had equal story and film time as his other co-stars.
In a new interview with British GQ, the British-Nigerian actor claimed that his character still played second fiddle to his white co-stars.
“They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley,” said Boyega, 28, who portrayed Stormtrooper-turned-Jedi Finn in “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker.”
He says his on-screen sidelining came despite the fact that Disney billed his character as crucial to the plot. “[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,” the “Pacific Rim: Uprising” actor fumed. “It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
Now I do agree to a certain extent. Finn was drastically sidelined in Rise of Skywalker. But he was heavily featured in The Force Awakens and got a big chunk of the movie with a horrible side story in Last Jedi.
Now where I have to call bullshit is when he says his character should have had as much of an impact as Rey and Kylo. Finn, like Rose and Poe were side characters. They were NOT main characters and were never supposed to be. This wasn’t a story about Finn, Rey, and Kylo. We knew going in, as fans, this was a story built on the power struggle between Kylo and Rey. Bottom line.
So now that the trilogy is over and fans in hindsight don’t look on it with as much love as the Original trilogy or even the Prequels, Now Boyega finds his big boy pants and wants to talk shit? Nice way to shit on the hand that feeds you kid.
However it wasn’t just Boyega that was given short shrift on-screen. He claims he felt that Vietnamese actor Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” also took a backseat to Driver and Ridley.
“‘Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” lamented Boyega, adding that when it came him and Tran, it was like “f - - k y’all.”
Tran, who was the first woman of color to have a lead role in a “Star Wars” film, memorably exited social media in 2018 after suffering harassment from online trolls.
“‘So what do you want me to say?” said Boyega. “What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience …’ Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience.”
Yes I agree, Twitter has a ton of racists with too much time on their hands, but real fans were not upset because of diversity casting like lazy journalists want to report. They were mad that two side characters who took part in a boring and slow side story took away from the return of a hero we had waited 30 years to see make a return and rough shit up! Instead we got a casino planet, a stuttering throwaway character, and our hero portrayed as a self loathing old man who in the end holograms himself into a heart attack and dies. That is why fans hated the Last Jedi, THAT IS WHY I HATED THE LAST JEDI AND DIDN’T GIVE TWO WAMPA SHITS ABOUT RISE OF SKYWALKER!
So shut up Boyega, it’s a little late to jump on the hate bandwagon when you helped steer it!
Anyways, what do you think? Is Boyega right or is he just a cry baby trying to get press? Let us know in the comments.