It’s been a good while since we last spoke to John Boyega¬†and needless to say, a fair amount has happened for the talented British actor. Now the male lead in the Star Wars franchise, he’s since teamed up with Kathryn Bigelow for Detroit – and we had the pleasure of sitting down to discuss this powerfully pertinent drama.

Detroit - John BoyegaBoyega plays local security guard Melvin Dismukes, a witness to the horrific incidents that took place on a fateful night at the Algiers Motel, where three African American men lost their lives. We asked Boyega about meeting the real man he is portraying, and spoke of the harrowing relevance to modern day America – and in particular, the recent clashes in Charlottesville.

He also discusses what it’s like to watch this film back as an audience member, while we ask how his life has changed post-Star Wars, and if he could go back to when he broke onto the scene in Attack the Block, what advice he would give to himself.

Watch the full interview below…


In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.

Detroit is released on August 25th. You can read our review of the film here.