John Boyega still isn't quite over the controversy caused by Samuel L Jackson's complaint about runaway horror hit Get Out.
While Jackson praised the huge financial success of director Jordan Peele's surprise blockbuster, he came under fire for criticising the decision to hire British actor Daniel Kaluuya in a movie ostensibly about American racial tension.
"I think it's great [Get Out]'s doing everything it's doing and people are loving it. But… I know the young brother who's in the movie, and he's British," Samuel L Jackson said in a US radio interview.
"So, there are a lot of black British actors in these movies. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that."
British-born Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor John Boyega was among the first to hit back at Jackson for creating a "stupid ass conflict we don't have time for" - and he's still quite upset over the row.
"Damn, Sam, I love him but he didn't have to go there," Boyega now tells ES Magazine. "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."
Boyega also stressed the importance of movies like Get Out to expose people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to the real discrimination that still exists in our world.
"I used to fly back and forth when I was hustling and auditioning for things in LA. I'd get cheap flights and stay there for two weeks or whatever," he remembered.
"And every time I was getting these random checks. Every. Single. Time. I wish I remembered the airline because I called them out on it, too. Like, 'This stuff ain't right'. Anyway, they said it was a problem Stateside, they gave me a letter and it stopped. But before that it was consistent. I understand that [these things] are for our safety but when you fly a lot and it happens three or four times there's an element of, 'Okay, I'm still not a terrorist'."
Following the outrage over his comments, Samuel L Jackson stressed that his complaint was never intended to be "a slam against" Get Out director Jordan Peele or star Daniel Kaluuya.
John Boyega's full interview appears in this week's issue of ES Magazine, out today (Thursday, April 20).
You Might Also Like