John Boyega had no problem saying “end” to his “Star Wars” persona.
Boyega, who played reformed Stormtrooper Finn in the latest ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, went on the radio show ‘Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang’ to discuss his thoughts on his character’s future and good that comes from his disappointing experience with the franchise.
“At this point, I’m cool. I’m doing fine,” Boyega said. “I think Finn is at a good point of confirmation where you can just appreciate him in other things, games, animation. But I feel like ‘[Episode] VII’ to ‘[Episode] IX’ was good for me.
When Fugelsang explained how Disney supported “Obi-Wan Kenobi” star Moses Ingram amid online racist attacks, he noted that when a similar situation occurred in Boyega, Disney had no Game plan.
“When I started, it really wasn’t a conversation you could bring up,” Boyega said. “You know how they went through that, it was kind of like, ‘Let’s just be quiet.'”
Speaking to British GQ in 2020, Boyega slammed Disney for not spending enough time on non-white characters in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
“[But] what I would say to Disney is don’t bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are, and then push them aside. It’s not good,” he told the magazine. “I’ll say it right away.”
The British actor, 30, also slammed the studio for giving ‘full nuance’ to the characters of Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley in the trilogy, but not knowing what to do with his or Kelly Marie Tran’s characters. .
But Boyega was thrilled with Disney’s early support for Ingram.
“It’s the peace I felt, Moses Ingram being protected, I feel protected,” the ‘Detroit’ actor told Fugelsang earlier this week. “It makes me feel like, ‘Cool, I’m not the elephant in the room.’
“But now to see how egregious it is, to see Ewan McGregor come out in support…this for me fills up my time where I haven’t had support. It doesn’t make me bitter at all, it makes me feel like… sometimes you’re not the guy to get the blessing,” he said. “Sometimes you are Moses, you lead people to the mountain, but you see the destination, you don’t enter. You bring others in, and that’s where you get your happiness.”
The ‘Breaking’ star hoped her situation would help black actors feel more confident to talk about their feelings of discomfort.
“What the conversation does is that for me, it’s so positive because it gives other actors the opportunity to say, ‘OK, look, I’m not comfortable with this’ or ‘ That’s what’s happening, that’s the kind of support I need. And that for me is what I wanted of everything.