“Star Wars” actor John Boyega recently said that acting in a franchise is “kind of like luxury jail,” which has been seen as a direct comment toward the “Star Wars” franchise.
What did he say?
Boyega told CinemaBlend that working on “Small Axe” — a new film directed by Steve McQueen — made Boyega happy in that he had a chance to act as a different character.
- Boyega spent 2014 to 2019 as Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. He had other roles — like his appearance in “Pacific Rim: Uprising” — but was mostly tied to the “Star Wars” franchise.
- He told CinemaBlend that franchises can be hard to work with for that reason.
“Being in a big franchise, it’s kind of like luxury jail sometimes for an actor when you want to do something else. Because remember, in a franchise you’re working on one character for many years, which can starve your other muscles. And in wanting to be in something where I knew that I’d play a different type of role, a different type of man, and then knowing Steve through, we’re all a part of the same industry so I’d heard about Steve’s directing style, I was really really curious and excited to have the opportunity…”
Boyega has moved on
Boyega made headlines in summer 2020 after saying he had “moved on” from the “Star Wars” franchise.
Boyega posted a photo on Instagram where he is seen sitting in a chair on set for a new film. Someone commented, “Force Finn in action with Green lightsaber dressed in black is all I want from the next SW film!”
- Boyega replied: “lol no thank you. I’ve moved on (heart emoji).”
- Another user replied: “really just got those Disney bucks and dipped (laugh crying emoji).”
- Boyega responded: “nope. Not into playing one role for too long. I have more to offer than that. That’s all.”
Boyega also criticized Disney in an interview with GQ magazine, saying that non*white characters were pushed to the side in the “Star Wars” franchise.
- “You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. (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. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”