If you have been following along the John Boyega vs. Disney saga, you likely know John Boyega who played Finn in the Star Wars episodes 7-9 spoke out against Disney for having his character be “pushed to the side.” Boyega has been very open about being ready to move on from Star Wars, but his social media and interactions with his co-stars might suggest otherwise.
Boyega took to Instagram to post a shot with Star Wars co-star Oscar Isaac who playing X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron in the sequel trilogy. The photo showcases the two Star Wars actors laughing with the caption reading,
Me: Oscar that is actually disgusting.
Oscar: I know.
Although Boyega is ready to leave Star Wars behind, he has never had ill-will towards any of his co-stars. He did note that Disney, “gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this,” and left his character, unfortunately, feeling rather flat throughout the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. But he never places blame on any of them. It makes sense that Boyega would want to continue to share memories with his friends, even if those memories were made on the set of Star Wars.
“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. You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything,”
The comment Boyega made about inclusivity sparked a fire and everyone began discussing it. Of course, Disney was made aware of Boyega’s feelings and John has since sat down with Disney executives to discuss his treatment, so that the next person of color who enters the Disney team, whether that be in front of behind the camera, does not feel the way he did.
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