Did You Know? John Boyega Learned How To Be Famous From Robert Downey Jr
Congratulations are in order for John Boyega, also known as the black Stormtrooper from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is not only the star of Kathryn Bigelow’s new flick ‘Detroit,’ he is also on the cover of GQ Magazine’s August issue!
Inside the feature Boyega discusses the lifetime responsibility of starring in “Star Wars,” taking tips on fame from Orlando Bloom and Robert Downey Jr. and getting Harrison Ford to eat Nigerian food with no utensils, “like a real Nigerian.”
Check out a few excerpts below via GQ:
On Experiencing Racism In London
He was waiting for his buddy to buzz him into the apartment building and wound up walking through the door behind a couple who had keys. Boyega and the friend were in the middle of a writing session when the concierge called up and asked if Boyega’s friend knew the guy in the hoodie who’d just come up. Affirmative.
“The concierge goes, ‘Oh, because we had some residents who called and said that someone a bit suspicious came through the door,’” Boyega recalls.
But he knew that in 2017, he doesn’t have to be paralyzed. He can do something about it. “I looked at my boy and was just like, ‘You know what, man? Ring that concierge back.’ I said, ‘Never call the apartment again with that kind of query.’”
Would you have reacted the same way?
On Diversity In Hollywood
“There are no black people on Game of Thrones,” Boyega says. (To be fair, there are, like, three.) “You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings.” (That is true.) And though Star Wars had featured a few black characters—Billy Dee Williams as a smuggler, Samuel L. Jackson as a peripheral Jedi—they were less represented in the galaxy than Ewoks.“I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” says Boyega. “Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
It definitely seems like Boyega isn’t shy about taking on so-called “norms” right?
Will you be checking out the full article in GQ? Are you a Boyega fan?