Star Wars actor John Boyega shot to international fame after playing 'Finn' in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Boyega has said that he got "emotional" after seeing Ewan McGregor defend his co-star Moses Ingram against racist trolls. Ingram, who plays Reva Sevander in the series Obi Wan Kenobi, received a number of vile and disturbing racist messages after the show premiered on Disney+ in June.
Boyega has spoken out about the racist bullying that he received during his work as 'Finn' in Star Wars. Things got so bad for the English actor that he had to have a meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm executives to share his displeasure with their lack of support during the times.
Ewan McGregor on racist abuse against Moses Ingram
John Boyega has confirmed that he will never work for the Star Wars franchise in the future, but praised Ewan McGregor, who publically stood up for Moses Ingram on Star Wars' social media accounts.
"It seems that some of the fan base has decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send her the most horrendous, racist (direct messages). I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart."
McGregor, who played the lead of Obi Wan Kenobi in the series, and also helped produce the show, called Moses "a brilliant actor (and) a brilliant woman." He added:
"As the leading actor in the series, as the executive producer on the series… we stand with Moses."
John Boyega on McGregor's statement
Speaking on the 'Just For Variety' podcast, John Boyega praised Ewan for his public statement saying:
"I don’t know how Disney have done, and I don’t know how they’ve moved with everything,”
"All I know is about specifically Lucasfilm, about the Obi-Wan Kenobi stuff. And I saw that Ewan McGregor video. And that kind of got me, that was nice. That got me a little emotional on that. That’s cool that he showed up for her like that. That’s cool."
While Star Wars looks to be over for John Boyega and his character Finn, new horizons await to Londoner who stars in upcoming films 'The Woman King' and 'Breaking'.