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John Boyega calls out 'Game Of Thrones' for lack of black characters

John Boyega has criticised Game Of Thrones for not having an ethnically diverse cast. In a GQ cover story, the Star Wars actor critiqued the hit HBO fantasy series and other successful franchises for not representing people of different backgrounds.

“There are no black people in Game Of Thrones,” the Londoner said in the GQ cover story. You don’t see one black person in Lord Of the Rings. I ain’t paying money to see one type of person on-screen.”

He added: “You see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

While actors including Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Lucian Msamati and DeObia Oparei have appeared on the show, many of the lead and reoccurring cast members on the series are white.

Boyega previously spoke about diversity in a speech at the Screen Nation awards earlier this year. He told actors of colours to “be the change you want to see”.