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Star Wars actor John Bodega responded to a small but vocal group of fans who have expressed a problem with a storm trooper being played by a man of color.
He told V Magazine that the negative reaction by some “was unnecessary.”
“I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t,” says John.
John also stated that onscreen diversity was a reality.
“I’m not saying get used to the future … [it] is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense.”
The issue first came up in November 2014, when the first trailer for The Force Awakens went viral.
John responded to the ethnicity question at the time by saying: “To whom it may concern … Get used to it,” in an Instagram post.
The 23-year-old actor, known for Attack of the Block, said that he saw acting as a way of confronting prejudice.
“All the films I’ve done have had a secret commentary on stereotypical mentalities,” he said.
“It’s about getting people to drop a prejudiced state of mind and realize we’re just watching normal people.'”
John also revealed that he’s been mentored by Robert Downey Jr.
“He’s helped me prepare for how my life is going to change, and that has been inspiring. I’m talking to someone who understands the power of choices, both positive and negative,” he said.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on December 18.