Star Wars actor John Boyega opened up about how he feels about Star Wars, four years on from the release of the last sequel trilogy movie.
In 2020, Boyega criticised Disney’s portrayal of Black characters, having played Finn, a Black Stormtrooper.
“What I would say to Disney is, ‘Do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important to the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good,'” he said at the time, referencing the implication that Finn might be Force-sensitive and his diminished role in the sequels throughout, with the priority shifting to focus on Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.
Now in 2023, speaking about his character, Boyega told The Times that the time since the sequels ended had given him a slightly different perspective on the character and the franchise.
“For me, Star Wars has made the man, in a sense” said the actor. “The experiences, the fun times, good times, ugly times, bad times, it makes you who you are as you navigate through the industry, and that has definitely been interesting.”
“I feel like the arc that JJ tried to tie up, that’s where I feel comfortable with the release of him,” added Boyega. “Since then I’ve been able to enjoy, as a fan, The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’m enjoying the balance of all things.”
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