Actor Playing Black Stormtrooper to Commenters: 'What Are Yo
When the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII #8211 The Force Awakens emerged, some commenters on the Internet were peeved to see a black actor playing a Stormtrooper in the film.
But that#8217s not bothering actor John Boyega, who called the negativity #8220unnecessary#8221 in an interview with V Magazine. ldquoIrsquom in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you donrsquot. Irsquom not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesnrsquot make sense.rdquo
Boyega also opened up about his character, whose plot line remains mysterious; he#8217s been seen both in his Stormtrooper uniform and in personal clothes, which has sparked fan theories about what his role might be. He says the truth will be #8220very surprising#8221 to moviegoers, and from the speculation he#8217s seen so far, #8220nobody has a clue.#8221
Boyega is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, and says he has a helpful mentor to show him the ropes: Robert Downey, Jr. ldquoHersquos helped me prepare for how my life is going to change and that has been inspiring,#8221 Boyega says. #8220Irsquom talking to someone who understands the power of choices, both positive and negative.rdquo
Star Wars hits theaters Dec. 18.
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