John Boyega is waiting to watch Game of Thrones so he can ‘binge’ when it’s over

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John Boyega covers one of the “Young Hollywood” covers for the latest issue of Variety. I like the photos a lot, and I just read the interview and… I don’t know. John Boyega is a good guy, I’m pretty sure. He was thrust into the Star Wars world with his eyes wide open. He knew what to expect, and you won’t see him complaining about it whatsoever. On all of that, I’m fine with him and I even admire him for keeping his head on straight. But that’s just it… is John Boyega handling all of this a little too well? Is he coming across as a little bit too hyper-managed and sanitized? I know, I know – we will complain about anything. It’s clear that Boyega wants to carve out a long career for himself and he’s going about it in the right way. You can read the full Variety piece here. Some highlights:

He’s not crazy-famous at this point: “One movie can’t change your life to the point where you can’t walk the streets. I go to the supermarket. I do my own shopping. I go out to the park with my friends. I go to the movies. Some people recognize me, but with most it doesn’t register.”

Starting his own production company: Boyega took all that “Star Wars” money and invested it in his own company, Upperroom Entertainment. Like Warren Beatty and Brad Pitt, two movie stars who became formidable producers in their own right, he wants a seat at the table. “I can’t wait for other people to create roles for me,” Boyega says. “If I wait for another man to get inspiration for a script and call me, I may be risking a lot.”

He’s cryptic about The Last Jedi: “The Resistance isn’t in the best condition. Things are shaky. It’s a chance for each character to decide what side they’re on and decide what they’re fighting for. It’s an epic dark story. At the same time it’s still fun. It’s still ‘Star Wars.’”

The film will pay homage to Carrie Fisher: “Carrie Fisher means freedom. She influenced people to be authentic and say what you want, however you want. I’ll miss her energy. You were always going to hear Carrie Fisher somewhere saying something that she has no business saying, that makes everybody laugh.”

He gave up on “Game of Thrones” after watching the pilot. “I’m going to wait until all the episodes are out so I can binge. I can’t do this whole ‘Next week on “Game of Thrones.”’ I don’t have the patience.”

Doing an emotional scene in ‘Detroit’: “All these images came to my head. I felt in that moment like a victim. In my brain I saw all these faces of victims of the mishandling of law and justice.”

Racism in the world: “When I was exposed to the world in ‘Star Wars,’ I also was exposed to the reality of ignorance that still exists around the world. When I was in ‘Star Wars’ there was a semi, kind of racial discussion that was quite negative when it first came out.”

He realized he was being treated differently than Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. “I was the only person to always talk about the color of my skin. In every interview my skin color comes up. If Daisy does an interview, her skin color is not going to come up. … It doesn’t matter what position you’re in — once you’re black, you’re black, and these idiots always have something to say about it.”

[From Variety]

How can you give up on Game of Thrones and just say you’ll watch it when it’s over?!?!? ARGHHH. I used to think that way about Game of Thrones, like the first few seasons, I was like “I’m not going to order HBO, I’m just going to buy the DVDs when they come out.” That lasted, like, maybe the second episode of Season 2? How can someone NOT watch Game of Thrones? What does Boyega talk about with his friends? What has he been doing with his time these past seven years?!?

Also: I think Oscar Isaac might get some racial-ish questions about his ethnicity, but most people aren’t sure what he is, because he dropped Hernández Estrada from his name. If he was out here getting work as Oscar Hernandez Estrada, people would treat him differently and ask different questions.

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Photos courtesy of Variety.

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  1. Dem says:

    Yeah, Oscar Isaacs “passes” . But both Boyega and D Ridley face questions on their identity. He on his race and her on her gender. Also, I cant believe anyone is waiting to binge all of GOT. The spoilers are unavoidable. Surely by the end of the show, he will have heard that Ned Stark dies in Season 1 or that Joffrey dies by poison. If all the big surprises are spoilt there are no stakes.

  2. Nicole says:

    I think part of the polish is good reps and his background. The guy is intensely connected to his roots and it shows quite a bit. It explains a lot to me personally.
    I thought the Variety covers were great. Loved the look of all three

    • Megan says:

      I’m surprised he isn’t recognized more. Star Wars was a huge hit and he is too handsome to be a forgettable face.

  3. Jenns says:

    My co-worker is doing the same thing with GoT. She said she’ll binge when it’s over. Honestly, I’m kind of jealous, lol. Because waiting a week between episodes it pure torture for me.

    • MelB says:

      Honestly, that’s what I’m doing. I watched the first season and decided I’d wait. So I’m pretty stoked that I’m going to spend the next few weeks binging on some GoT.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      Yeah, it is torture for me too. I totally get his point!

    • Tan says:

      I did it first 5 seaons
      Couldn’t do it 6 onwards

      And this season too I just watched episode 1 and left it but after all the dragon actions

      I couldn’t help but binge watch 1-4 again

    • WhatwasThat? says:

      GOT in the UK is on Sky TV which is a pay channel and owned by Murdoch so I am planning to do the same thing..I don’t want to ever get Sky TV so I will wait …

    • kimbers says:

      My husband is doing that. It’s easy for him. I haven’t watched this season bc i find my taste changing and caring less about what happens.

      I think it was just the fact that these last couple seasons the air dates were pushed back, the books not being released. I moved on.

  4. Larelyn says:

    Whispers… (I haven’t seen GoT yet, but It’s right up my alley… would love to binge watch it, too, but no HBO subscription and impressionable youth in the house during prime TV time… any suggestions on how to get it on the DL?)

    • Littlebowbee says:

      Hey! all seasons are in there.

      • BJ says:

        I love that site I haven’t been to the movies since I discovered this site.
        BTW I know people like going to movies but I would fall asleep half the time.Lol

    • fubar says:

      I got GoT DVD’s from my public library and I binged the first six seasons. Spoilers are not a problem because there are so many characters (over 100 die in the first six seasons) that none of the chatter will effect your enjoyment. Plan to binge all over again when this season is over because there is so many details that missed the first time watching.

    • detritus says:

      do not dl Games of Thrones (without a VPN). You will get a cease and desist immediately. I, of course, do not know this from experience at all.

  5. D says:

    I binged GOT up to this season and to be honest it is a bit of a head melt. There is SO much info to take in and so much plot. While its obviously great not to have to wait after a cliffhanger you do have more time to digest things and google “what the heck just happened” it all adds to the enjoyment of the show. I am really enjoying reading the reactions and reviews this season

  6. MellyMel says:

    Yeah I haven’t watched GOT yet either and just told my confused coworker (who can’t understand why??!) that I’ll binge it when the whole thing is over…whenever that is.

  7. Mia4s says:

    I don’t think it was deliberate but I honestly laughed that the two females who got covers for this “Young Hollywood” feature were both at least 5 years younger than the male. LOL! Oh Hollywood, never change! 😏

    Producing is good. Producing a sequel to Pacific Rim co-staring Scott Eastwood? Likely not so good. 😬

  8. Reef says:

    Same. I don’t have the patience anymore to wait a year between seasons and a week between episodes. Rather wait until the show’s run is over. I just started Mad Men.

  9. Honest B says:

    I binged the first 6 GOT series in May. Sent me crazy. However the only spoiler I knew about was in regards to a resurrection so overall avoiding most of the spoilers was easy!

  10. deezee says:

    I gave up on GOT too after the pilot. I may watch it when it’s done and if I like it, binge watch it. And you can tell me all the spoilers you want, it won’t stick since I know who none of them are. LOL

  11. Millie says:

    He hadn’t even watched GOT beyond the pilot and yet he made all the comments about it having no black characters in that other interview…interesting.

    • Brandi says:

      @Millie I know! The first thing I thought when I read his comment was, I thought he said he refused to watch period stuff like GoT and LOTR because they don’t cast any black people? FTR, I think that’s a valid criticism, there’s no reason why they don’t cast black people, it’s not like they didn’t exist then. Maybe I’m misremembering his comment…

      • Millie says:

        You see I am black and I am not so sure it is a valid criticism. I look at it like this, black people have our histories and we don’t need to be looking to be included in the histories of others if it is not historically correct. We need to embrace, study, and nurture the acceptance of our own great civilizations that are often downplayed or thought to never have existed by those who had the agenda to dehumanize us.

        I love GOT and I also really like LOTR but it is ridiculous to complain that these things don’t include blacks (which GOT did) when they are inspired by White medieval European History. I know GOT is fantasy so they can cast black people and other people of colour.

        But I think he almost dismisses that they had a lot of brown people in the first season represented by Dothraki, almost saying that diversity only counts when it is framed in black and white. I just thought the comment was silly and also showed his hypocrisy when he said not one word about the erasure of black women in Detroit.

    • eto says:

      Please do some research – POC in Europe during that time period are well documented and not rare occurrences – (e.g. The Moors).

  12. Mom2two says:

    John seems lovely but wasn’t the one who criticized GOT for it’s lack of diversity andb said he’s not paying to watch non-diverse casts? I feel the comments he’s making now are trying to cover up those original comments.

  13. Tiffany says:

    I gave GoT 2 episodes. It is not my bag and that is okay. Some people love it, some don’t.

  14. JackieJormpJomp says:

    I am also dong this.

  15. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    Is he talking about S7 or all seasons so far?
    I am guilty of screaming after watching the new episode that I can’t wait for a week before the next episode comes out, but then I forget about it. Anticipation builds the night before though.

  16. Louise says:

    I find him a little bit annoying and very sure of himself but I am not sure why. He was on Graham Norton in the UK and hmmm he was a bit over the top. Much preferred to watch someone like Fassbender who was break dancing.

  17. Tan says:

    Keep track of what you see. I know its easier to form opinion on hearsay but without checking the episodes by himself, his opinion of Diversity in GOT sounds pretty shallow.

    And even though its a fantasy story based on medieval europe
    Essos and Dorn had people of other enthnicities in plenty.

    He is probably trying to correct himself now.

  18. Louise177 says:

    I’m always late when it comes to tv shows. They hype, usually about a certain episode, gets to me. I didn’t watch GOT and The Walking Dead until the third or fourth season. I don’t understand why people criticize “polished and boring” interviews. John seems like a nice guy. Not everything has too be scandalous or profound.

  19. Nicole says:

    Reply to Tan:

    The people of color in GOT with speaking roles were slaves.. nothing new there. Essos was a bastion of racism with slavery… And Dorin, are considered a group moral-less (have sex with anyone and a whole lot of out of wedlock kids) and a little barbaric and unrefined (sand snakes) but just a step up from Dothaki. Oh and the man who played the Prince that was murdered by the Mountain was white… he is a Spaniard with the a tan…..Hence why no one has faith in the producers to do the show Confederate as GOT is rife with stereotypes and white supremacy. After the episode Mahyra or mother, I almost quit watching the show is was so over the top with its white supremacy in the form of Danerys being called mother by a sea of people of color… so yeah our representation sucks on GOT…

    • grumpy says:

      Yes the producers should have re-written the entire book and GRR Martin shouldn’t have dared to be inspired by medieval England because it wasn’t multicultural enough.

  20. PMNichols says:

    Who’s John Boyega?