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John Boyega Accuses Walt Disney Of Sidelining Black Actors

British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega has called out the Walt Disney Company.

He claimed the production studio “pushed to the side” black characters in the movie ‘The Rise of Skywalker’.

The British actor of Nigerian descent starred as Finn, a character which was prominent in a Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens. Movie afficionados saw this as a move by the filmmakers towards inclusivity.

But as the trilogy progressed, Boyega who spoke to GQ Magazine character was being sidelined.

“What I (John Boyega) would say to Walt 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,“ he said.

The actor also pointed out that the movie now revolves around white characters as seen in The Rise of Skywalker.

This he says affected the characters played by black British actresses, Naomi Ackie (Jannah), Kelly Marie (Rose) and Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac (Poe).

“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley. you knew what to do with Adam Driver.

“You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f**k all,” the actor said.

He further revealed that those who played the white characters in The Rise of Skywalker knew what went on.

“What do you want me to say?” he asked. “What they want you to say is, ‘l enjoyed taking a part in it. It was a great experience …’ Nah.

I’ll take that deal when it‘s a great experience. They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley.

Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything,” Boyega said.

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