Star Wars John Boyega has hit out at Samuel L Jackson on Twitter, after the Pulp Fiction star criticised the casting of British actors as African Americans in films.
Boyega, known for playing Finn in The Force Awakens, took issue after Jackson claimed British actors don’t experience racism in the same way that Americans do.
Jackson made the comments while discussing new horror film Get Out, which sees British actor Daniel Kaluuya play an African-American man, who meets his white girlfriend’s family for the first time.
“I think it’s great that movie’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it,” Jackson said.
“But… I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that,” he told US radio station Hot 97.
He went on to say that as he’s British, Kuluuya would never appreciate the problems of interatrial dating that African-Americans experience.
Jackson said: “Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years.
“What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal but (not everything is).”
Taking issue with the comments, Boyega wrote on Twitter: “Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for.”
Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don't have time for.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 8, 2017
Kaluuya is the latest black British actor to play African-Americans over recent years, following on from the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave and David Oyelowo in Selma.
See Daniel Kaluuya in action in the trailer for Get Out below: