John Boyega slams Game of Thrones' lack of diversity

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 19, 2017

"There are no black people on Game of Thrones". You don't see one black person in Lord of the Rings.

John Boyega has slammed Game of Thrones for its lack of diversity.

'You see different people from different cultures every day, ' he told GQ magazine.

He continued: "Even if you're a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers".

Boyega's character, a reformed stormtrooper named Finn who joins the Rebel Army, has also been the subject of speculation regarding his sexuality - many fans hope to see Finn and Oscar Issaac's character Poe Daemeron get together.

He targeted the fantasy drama while calling out film and television bosses for failing to cast enough black actors.

He wrote: 'Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course. but with that being said, I do have some "characters of color" who will have somewhat larger roles in Winds Of Winter [the next book in the series]. The father of Jacob Anderson, aka another secondary character, Grey Worm, is of Afro-Caribbean descent. Of course, I am talking about the books here, which is a thing apart [from the TV show]. "I do think HBO and David and Dan are doing what they can to promote diversity as well". Of course, Hotah is a guard. but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a courageous and loyal warrior'.

Boyega (pictured), born to Nigerian parents, feels forcefully that we're not seeing fair representations of society on our screens.

Boyega's role in the film marked the first major black protagonist - Finn - in the franchise since Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu and Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian - but, at the time, insisted skin colour didn't matter.

The 25-year-old actor is among the most sought-after names in Hollywood, following his performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but he said he would love to honour his parents' heritage by making a movie in the west African country.

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