John Boyega Delivers A Solid Apology For Implying Star Wars Co-Star Is 'Weak'

Context matters and good on John for clarifying.

Sometimes we have something meaningful we want to say but when we’re put on the spot, it all comes out in a jumble of incoherent and occasionally unintentionally offensive phrases. For Star Wars star John Boyega, he went through this exact thing after he was asked about his co-star Kelly Marie Tran.

During a chat with Variety, Boyega was asked about the awful side of the Star Wars fandom and how this reared its ugly head when trolls went after Kelly Marie Tran after The Last Jedi was released, and he may have accidentally implied she was “not mentally strong” and “weak” for deleting her social media.

Being in this position, you just understand the masses, how the masses think, you know. Through social media, we get to engage, we get to have fun. But at the same time, for those who are not mentally strong, you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read.

That’s, you know, it is what it is. I don’t know, for me anyway, when I see that [backlash], I’m like, well, that’s actually not true. But no, it is actually not true. So it’s kind of like [shrugs] it is what it is. But to engage, to connect with the fans who otherwise wouldn’t get a day to day experience, especially during things like the press tour, and behind the scenes stuff, is always good.

Sorry champ, you did say it.

Now this obviously didn’t go down too well the certain parts of the Star Wars fandom (though the unbearable trolls would’ve frothed over this soundbite) as it sounded like he was dissing his co-star.

However, Boyega quickly took to Twitter to apologise and clarify what he meant by his remarks about his co-star, writing how he badly worded his comments and that he was trying to speak from his “own perspective” while working on Star Wars.

Credit: John Boyega/Twitter

Not going to lie, his remarks about trolling and Kelly Marie Tran were a bit baffling to read but kudos to John Boyega for quickly owning up to it with a solid apology (those are rare these days) and explaining what he meant by it.

As for how he feels about the online harassment he and his Star Wars co-stars get from irritating fans, Boyega pointed to an older tweet where he shared his thoughts on the matter and stated that his thoughts “remain the same” after all this time.

Credit: John Boyega/Twitter

So in short, John Boyega said something dumb when asked about Kelly Marie Tran and promptly shared a great apology for it. It’s pretty sad that this whole thing only came about because of a small yet loud sub-section of puffy-chested bros who hide under the veil of being a “Star Wars fans.”

At least Boyega and his co-stars won’t have to deal with this for too much longer as we’re in the homestretch for The Rise of Skywalker‘s release and soon we’ll be done… until the next Star Wars movie arrives.

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Adam Sandler Is Actually A Great Dramatic Actor, Seriously

Adam Sandler, Oscar winner. Has a weirdly nice ring to it.

Of all the things you’ll probably never expect to see or read, Adam Sandler winning a Best Actor Oscar statuette for a dramatic performance will probably rank high up on that list. And yet, he could very well do just that after turning in what critics have deemed as the best work of his career in Uncut Gems.

Speaking of big Hollywood awards…

When people talk about Adam Sandler, the most common thing he’s associated with are his low-brow comedies of the 90s and 2000s. The Happy Gilmores, the Billy Madisons, the Grown-Ups’ and what have you. While those films range from pretty okay to downright awful (looking at you Grown-Ups and The Ridiculous 6), they’re all wildly successful at the box-office or whatever streaming service they’re on.

And yet in between all the lazy laughs and cringeworthy groans he’s delivered over the years, he’s also managed to show people that he’s also a great – and criminally under-watched – dramatic actor.

When film critics talk about Adam Sandler, they skip past all the comedic stuff and rave about his weirdly shallow pool of auteur-driven work and how he’s weirdly one of the most gifted and flexible actors around.

Give the man an Oscar now.

Of the dozens of films he’s made, Sandler has only done six that could be classified as a drama – 2002’s Punch Drunk Love, 2004’s Spanglish, 2007’s Reign Over Me, 2009’s Funny People, 2017’s The Meyerowitz Stories, and 2019’s Uncut Gems.

And yet in just those five movies, he’s shown a surprising amount of dramatic range for a bloke who’s best known as an obnoxiously loud comedy bro. It seems like when he really wants to, Sandler can channel that loud and brash comedic energy into some great emotional stuff.

In Punch Drunk Love, he plays a soft-spoken man who has severe anxiety and suffers from emotional abuse from his overbearing sisters; Reign Over Me sees him play a man suffering from grief after losing his family on 9/11; Funny People features him as a dying stand-up comedian; and Uncut Gems has him playing a seedy yet smooth-talking thief who gradually loses it.

Even when his drama movies don’t quite work, Sandler is usually the best part of them, which speaks to the underappreciated acting flair he brings to the screen. It’s almost a shame that he does movies like Grown Ups due to the massive paycheck because the world could do with more Adam Sandler dramas.

If Adam Sandler does end up winning the Best Actor Oscar statuette for Uncut Gems, it would fittingly be the greatest pay-off to the three decade-long joke that’s been his rollercoaster career.

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