“There are no black people on Game of Thrones,” he said, seeming to reference the fact that the show has only two recurring black characters, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). “You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings.”
Boyega went on to further highlight what he sees as inadequate representation of people of color in these popular franchises.
“I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” he said. “Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
Thrones casting director Nina Gold recently defended the show against similar criticism in an interview with Vanity Fair.
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