John Boyega Named British GQ’s Icon of the Year / Speaks On Sparking Change & More

Published: Thursday 26th Nov 2020 by Sam

Cop a gander of John Boyega, who has been unveiled as British GQ‘s Icon of the Year.

And what a year it’s been for the actor.

For, beyond shooting Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe,’ the 28-year-old has used his platform to advocate for causes that have an impact both professionally and culturally.

Even if it meant risking his career.

Head below to see what the star had to say about his 2020 and fulfilment it’s given him.

On Breaking His Silence About His Experience With ‘Star Wars’ Fans & Calling For Change:

“You didn’t know what was going on, but it was like a little light against a batch of TNT. Because there were certain truths. So I knew what the process would be like for the audience and what people would say. But now it’s not the elephant in the room – which is brilliant. Now it’s not an alien conversation to have and so I feel like my role has been fulfilled in terms of the discussions I’ve had since.

Loads of people got in touch and reached out. People who are just starting out their careers as actors and also some established people who stay quite silent about what they go through. It’s complicated, because beyond what we post on Instagram and Twitter there’s a whole life of different discussions and experiences. And I guess because sometimes when you have financial stability, you feel too scared to speak up about anything that’s worrying you because people will just be like, ‘You have money. Shut up.’

On The Aftermath:

 “I’ve spoken to [Star Wars director] JJ [Abrams], I’ve spoken to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy and it was a transparent, open conversation,” he begins, in a low voice. “[Kathy] keeps in touch and will drop me an email once in a while. It was great to share our different ideas and concerns and just speak about it honestly. And for me, man, it’s very hard to get people to that point. Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. So it was a very beneficial and positive conversation and I really appreciate the fact that she reached out.”

On Speaking Up About Racism, Brutality, & Problematic Representation:

“I legit had tweets from people saying, ‘John Boyega must have a team of people who set up these things to make his voice more valid.’ And you know what? That’s the first time I’ve seen something like that and thought, ‘Do you know what, bro? I see why you think that.’ If I wasn’t me, I’d be like, ‘My man’s planning these things.’ But I just unfortunately find myself navigating a space where these challenges come up.”

On Working With Steve McQueen On ‘Small Axe’:

“After everything that’s happened in my career and life it was so important for me to work with Steve McQueen. He’s sort of like my guardian angel in the form of a director. And it’s the safest I’ve ever felt.”

Check out Boyega in the anthology below:

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: British GQ / Danny Kasirye]

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  1. Ugghh November 26, 2020

    He is overrated

    • TORi November 26, 2020

      Not quite because he’s not even put there like that.

    • Just saying November 26, 2020

      B**** f*** you and get a life

  2. “GG” November 26, 2020

    He is very handsome!

  3. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

    I want him to inside me💅🏿💅🏿 Money me daddy 💁🏿💁🏿💁🏿💁🏿💁🏿

  4. Clarks0o0ñ November 26, 2020

    He ugly and he cant act
    He is also a loud mouth. Talks too damn much

    And yes he is dating a white woman, even tho he keeps pandering to black women on Twitter just like Michael b jordan.
    😂😂
    Sorry black woman
    Yall cant win.

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

      Black women have clearly won since they’re always on your mind, troll. Exhibit A – Normani. 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

    • tyty November 27, 2020

      Youre such a delusional liar his not and ain’t never dated a WW. And he definitely isn’t pandering BW aren’t even his demographic. Unlike MJB who is marketed as a heartthrob like Denzel Washington. You continue to show how stupid you are every single day on this site. No wander this a full time job for you. Even disablity discrimination laws couldn’t save your retarded ass from getting a real-life job. Even if he was dating a white woman he ain’t your daddy it won’t be a quick nut and goodbye like your mammy got.

  5. Fancy BISH November 26, 2020

    He is so ugly.

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

      So is ya mama Danzou. 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

    • Fancy BISH November 26, 2020

      Your right the Fancy BISH family tree is a hot mess, thanks for stalking me MWAH!

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

        Reading is fundamental. I identified you as Danzou not the Real Fancy Bish. Your clown kingdom continues to grow fuçker. And I’m gonna keep stalking ur clown ass. You belong to me. 🤡🤡🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

      • Fancy BISH November 27, 2020

        FAKE marilyn I identified you as a ladyboy who has no life and lives to stalk people. You want to own me but I will never be yours no one will ever be yours, you will die alone like your grandmamma and you ugly a$$ street walking mom. No wonder your daddy went to buy the milk and never returned to your w**** mommy.

  6. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

    All the racist assholes are out in full force this evening I see. Love it. Good for you, Mr. Boyega…you’re definitely doing something right when the lessers are mad. Keep being your handsome, talented self. God is good. 🙌🏻🙌🏻💁🏼‍♂️💁🏼‍♂️💋

  7. Fancy BISH November 26, 2020

    PLEASE, I need your help, I need all of you to go to my GoFundMe page and donate what you can to help me get my gender reassignment surgery. Every little helps me, may Allah hu Akbar be with you.

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

      Ugh…just terrible Danzou. If this is your idea of trolling, then I’ve clearly won. 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

      • tyty November 27, 2020

        No FAKE marilyn it worked because I got you stalking my comments up & down LOL you are nothing and have nothing going on in your life so you have to troll people on here. You are a joke and your life is a joke. Now that lockdown has shut down H&M you are nothing if you can work the cashiers so you stalk and troll people on here. I’ll pray for you, you’ll need it.

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

      😂🤣😂 trashy bish. U deserved it! Keep dragging her insecure psycho a$$💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 trying to play as a victim. U r doing the same thing which using other people’s account without their permission. U r a cyber bully as well. 💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ fake Marilyn aka the real fancy bish account that u never can get it back 😂😂🤣😂🤣

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 26, 2020

        STFU little boy and stay out of grown folks’ business. Pokemon go is calling. Ur racist ass just needs to remember that a little education goes a long way. 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

      • Fancy BISH November 27, 2020

        Fake marilyn you are a joke, you type thinking that your tough but you are a pu$$y boy who would run away in the streets.

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