Tuesday, June 18, 2024

British-Nigerian Actor, John Boyega Is Dapper As Ever On The Cover of GQ Magazine

English actor, John Boyega covers this month’s issue of GQ magazine. The British-Nigerian thespian looks exceptionally fly as he poses on the magazine’s “Hollywood’s Next Wave” issue in the build-up to his leading role in an historical drama, Detroit.The movie, which chronicles the 1967 Detroit riots, highlights the ongoing injustices that black people face in the United States. “Yeah, I’d probably only be able to watch this every ten years,” Boyega tells GQ. “Being black, going through what we’ve been through…the past is still hanging over our heads.”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 from his interview below: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.’”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.”Photo Credit: GQ

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