Michael Rapaport Criticized For Telling John Boyega To Be “Grateful” Amid Actor Criticizing Disney On How They Handled His Star Wars Role

Michael Rapaport Criticized For Telling John Boyega To Be “Grateful” Amid Actor Criticizing Disney On How They Handled His Role

Michael Rapaport found himself in a bit of backlash on social media recently after chiming in on Star Wars actor, John Boyega’s statements about his role on the iconic movie franchise.

John Boyega who played Finn in the Star Wars films and initially started out as a key character, but recently opened up about Disney and how he feels the entertainment company pushed his character, and other diverse characters, to the side in the Star Wars trilogy.

John Boyega

The British actor made the following statement in a recent interview:

“[But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”

Boyega expressed that the entertainment giant new what to do with his white co-stars but dropped the ball when it came to himself or other actors of color that were a part of the Star Wars films.

“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver. You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f*ck all.”

He added,

“So what do you want me to say? What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience…’ Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience. They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.”

The 28-year-old actor claims that he was

“the only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race.”

These statements caused comedian and actor Michael Rapaport to send some not-so-popular messages to John Boyega via Twitter, and he immediately began receiving backlash for his statements.

Rapaport’s tweets didn’t go unanswered, though.  Boyega definitely responded with a subtle shade.  Read tweets and reactions below.

Some social media users disagreed with Michael Rapaport’s tweets.  One user even suggested that Rapaport “All Lives Mattered” Boyega’s interview.


What are your thoughts on the exchange between these two actors?  Leave your thoughts below.

Authored by: Robin Ayers