John Boyega sat down with the folks at NPR’s Fresh Air this week to talk about his career, his breakout roles in Star Wars and Steve McQueen’s 2020 Amazon Prime project Small Axe.
During the interview, Boyega praised Marvel Studios for creating more opportunities for Black characters in an authentic way, like Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson claiming the role of Captain America, in contrast to Star Wars.
“But [viewers] forget that there’s a big process, and especially when it comes to studio films and characters. The characters are only as good as the moments that you give them,” Boyega said. “When we talk about, you know, Captain America and him kind of facing off against Thanos and his army, when you talk about these moments that are given to characters, it’s only because these moments are written by somebody. These moments are put in there on purpose to elevate characters.”
“We’ve got people now watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Boyega continued, “and a lot of people have been commenting about the elevation of Falcon’s character in the series and how they’ve really done well with bringing him up, which I also agree as well. You know, that’s because you give characters these special moments. But then what happens when, you know, some moments feel like you’re being bypassed and it kind of goes for years and years and things pile on?”
And he said a lot more.
Follow the link below to listen to the full interview.
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