From south London to a galaxy far, far away, John Boyega’s rise has been interstellar. In a fashion spread for London’s ES Magazine he tells Jimi Famurewa about his reaction to Samuel L Jackson’s recent comments about black British actors.
I love him but he didn’t have to go there. I was actually going to send him a message to check that he’s cool. But look, I get it, I just think there’s no end result in black Brits and African Americans going back and forth at each other… I rate Sam and he’s always showed me love — he’s like a big unc — but, across the planet, the black experience is a layered one and his comments didn’t represent that.
The images were shot by Paris-based photographer Yann Rabanier and styled by Jenny Kennedy, fashion editor at The Evening Standard Magazine.