JJ Abrams has said he will be “begging” to work with John Boyega in the future after the actor’s impassioned speech at a Black Lives Matter protest.
“I’m speaking to you from my heart,” he said at one point. “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that. Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process.”
Now, Abrams – who worked with Boyega on Star Wars: The Force Awakens – has shown his support for the actor. “You KNOW that as long as I’m allowed to keep working, I’ll always be begging to work with you,” he wrote. “Deep respect and love, my friend.”
You KNOW that as long as I’m allowed to keep working, I’ll always be begging to work with you. Deep respect and love, my friend. https://t.co/DcMEwEmzh9
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) June 4, 2020
The director’s support follows rallying posts from several other filmmakers, including Jordan Peele and Rian Johnson. Peele, who directed Get Out and Us, simply wrote: “We got you, John.” Johnson, meanwhile, retweeted footage of the actor’s speech, captioning it: “Love this man.”
Protests have been held around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting for racial justice and equality this week. The events were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died when a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ignoring the man’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe.
The officer responsible, Derek Chauvin, has since been sacked. He was initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but that charge was later elevated to second-degree. The three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.