John Boyega has slammed Star Wars “fans” following the torrent of online abuse suffered by some of his cast mates. It comes on the back of certain so-called aficionados of the sci-fi franchise being highly critical of the more recent films and taking their frustrations out on the actors via their social media accounts.
But Londoner John says they’re barking up the wrong tree as it is those responsible for casting who make the decisions.
“If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters, understand that there are decision makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing,” he said on Twitter.
“You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!
“To the majority of Star Wars fans thank you for supporting and putting yourselves in our shoes.
The 26-year-old, who was born in Peckham, played Finn in 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
His comments come just a week after his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who was born in California to Vietnamese parents, quit Instagram after suffering months of racist and sexist abuse on the site.
The actress, 29, who played Rose Tico in the movie, was left distressed by some vile comments and deleted all her Instagram posts and left a line in her biography that reads, “Afraid, but doing it anyway”.
Last year Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley quit social media, saying it was: “Highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.”
Kevin Spacey is to appear in his first film since being accused of sexual misconduct.
Billionaire Boys Club, which comes out next month, sees the 58-year-old playing real-life con artist Ron Levin in a plot that centres around a get-rich-quick scheme targeting the families of Harvard University students in the 1980s – and was filmed two years ago.
Last year he was accused of making sexual advances towards Anthony Rapp when the Star Trek actor was 14, with more people coming forward with similar claims afterwards.
In two separate statements Spacey first said he didn’t recall the incident with Rapp but he sincerely apologised if he did what Rapp claimed.
We’re not quite sure why she wasn’t appearing on the UK version but a 13-year-old from Durham is through to the final of America’s Got Talent after wowing the judges with her rendition of a classic by the late Otis Redding.
Courtney Hadwin’s passionate rendition of his posthumous 1968 hit Hard To Handle had the panel and audience on their feet.