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John Boyega 'Star Wars' actor responds to fans against a black man stormtropper

Actor has once again responded to racist comments against a black man portraying a stormtropper in the upcoming 'Star Wars : The Force Awakens.'

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John Boyega to star in 'The Circle' play

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The inclusion of a black stormtropper; John Boyega, in the 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' movie caused quite a stir on social media in November 2014.

Many fans took to the internet to criticize the director of the movie, J.J Abrams, for casting a black actor to play a stormtrooper.

The controversial response led to the hashtag #blackstormtrooper to become as a trending topic on Twitter.

John Boyega play

John Boyega

(Disney)

 

In a recent interview with V Magazine, the actor described the reaction as unnecessary;

“I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future. It's is already happening. People of colour and women are increasingly being shown on screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense," he said. 

READ: VIOLA DAVIS BECOMES 1ST BLACK WOMAN TO WIN 'OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES' EMMY AWARD.

Read Boyega's response to racist comments in 2014;

 

Boyega (born 17 March 1992) is an English actor born to Nigerian parents. He is popular for his character as Moses in the 2011 movie 'Attack the Block'.

John also featured in 'Half of a Yellow Sun' as Ugwu; Odenigbo's houseboy. His other movies include 'Junk Hearts', 'Imperial Dreams', 'My Murder' and 'The Whale'.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will be released on December  17, 2015 in the UK.

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