John Boyega Is Worried His Previous Black Lives Matter Speech Could Hurt His Career
Actor John Boyega is no stranger to speaking his mind. Whether it’s calling out Disney because of their alleged lack in marketing for characters of color or coming for racists on Twitter, the British actor has shown that he’s not one to hold back.
Still, he said it was his thought-provoking speech on the Black Lives Matter movement that could negatively impact his career. He said during the protest back in June:
“Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting…I’m speaking to you from my heart. I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this but f*** that.”
He said in a new interview he still has concerns his career could be impacted:
“Absolutely. I still have those thoughts.”
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“I understand, looking from the outside in, it might seem ‘oh, you’ve been in this and you’ve been in that.’ But how many actors do you know who have been in big franchises? It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have stability for the rest of your life.”
He also recalled his father’s previous experience police when the actor was younger:
“I’ve been stopped and searched. And my dad, who was a Pentecostal minister, got stopped on the way back from church. I was little. Everybody knows, especially if you grew up in Peckham, somebody who’s gone through the darkest scenarios with the police.”
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