Star Wars actor John Boyega, who makes his return to the stage at The Old Vic, recently spoke to ES Magazine where he expressed discontent with Samuel L. Jackson’s criticism of black British actors playing American roles.
John Boyega will take to the stage at London’s Old Vic Theatre in director Joe Murphy’s interpretation of Woyzech (described as one of the most extraordinary plays ever written). In it, Boyega plays a young soldier on the border where East meets West Germany during the height of the Cold War. Alongside the love of his life, he tries to build a better future for their child. In preparation for the play beginning in May, he spoke to ES Magazine where he was asked about Samuel L. Jackson’s recent comments about black British actors taking American roles.
Jackson was specifically referencing Jordan Peele’s satirical horror Get Out where British actor Daniel Kaluuya plays an African-American man who has to suffer through contemporary white liberal racism. Jackson said: ““There are a lot of black British actors in these movies. I tend to wonder what that movie [Get Out] would have been with an American brother who really feels that. Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal, but [not everything].”
Boyega was surprised by Jackson’s stance. “Damn, Sam,” said Boyega to ES Magazine. “I love him but he didn’t have to go there. I was actually going to send him a message to check that he’s cool. But look, I get it, I just think there’s no end result in black Brits and African Americans going back and forth at each other… I rate Sam and he’s always showed me love — he’s like a big unc — but, across the planet, the black experience is a layered one and his comments didn’t represent that.”
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine (on sale Thursday April 20, 2017) where Boyega delves into his rise to fame. He also talks dating at McDonalds, and opens up about his return to the West End stage and being stopped regularly for ‘random’ airport searches.