Actor John Boyega has revealed in a new interview that he’s considering quitting acting as he’s propelled numerous projects in recent years.
Boyega, known for his role as Finn in the “Star Wars” franchise, told Men’s Health a number of back-to-back movies and stage roles left him “exhausted, frantic and paranoid.”
The films, including a sequel to “Pacific Rim” and “Star Wars: Episode VII,” were part of a period when he had no free time, according to the magazine.
“You’re tired of your own dream, what you love,” Boyega said.
The actor, who described a break he took to “recharge,” told Men’s Health his “battery” was ambition.
This battery power, however, caused Boyega to run out before.
“It’s tiring and it’s stressful, and then you have to deal with the fact that you have to perform eventually,” Boyega said. “Careers can wear you down in different ways, but the artistic way is unique.”
Boyega also weighed in on racist comments “Star Wars” actor Moses Ingram, who is black, received after playing Reva in this year’s Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
Boyega himself faced racism after playing Finn in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” He told GQ in 2020 that he was the “only cast member who had his own unique experience of this franchise based on his race”.
“No one else got the uproar and death threats sent to their Instagram DMs and social media saying, ‘Black this and black that and you shouldn’t be a Stormtrooper. No one else has had that experience,” Boyega told the magazine. “But yet, people are surprised that I am like that. It’s my frustration.
Boyega told Men’s Health that her experience helped bring racist attacks against “Star Wars” actors of color “to the fore.”
He said “Star Wars” production company Lucasfilm “will now ensure that” the actors are well supported if they are criticized.
“I’m glad I said it all then,” he said of his willingness to speak about the remarks fans sent him.
The actor also revealed that he received advice from Robert Downey Jr., who suggested he find out who he was in the film industry.
“It may be difficult, but you will come out of this with a solid identity. That’s literally what happened to me,” Boyega said.