Star Wars’ John Boyega says disputes among fans are the ‘most stupid thing in the world’

Star Wars star John Boyega has spoken out against the “ship” wars dividing the franchise’s fans – and no, they have nothing to do with spacecraft.

The actor was asked about shipping hashtags – which fans use to advocate for certain pairings among the franchise’s characters – during an interview with Variety.

Examples of shipping hashtags include #FinnPoe and #Stormpilot, both of which refer to Boyega’s and Oscar Isaac’s characters in the sequel trilogy, Finn and Poe. Another one is #Reylo, which refers to Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.

Asked about his experience navigating fans’ expectations in that area, Boyega responded: ​”Navigating that for me has been interesting, because I love all of Star Wars. And I think that Star Wars should be a hub for imagination and it should be an opportunity for you to be able to expand on the characters how you see fit.”

He added: “What I don’t like is the conflict between ships. I think it’s the most stupid thing in the world. This is Star Wars. It’s a big universe. Someone can be a Reylo and then you know, someone can like the fact that you know, Finn and Poe are together. Someone can like, you know, Poe and Rey together, whoever.”

Boyega reprises his role as Finn in The Rise of Skywalker, the final instalment in the franchise’s sequel trilogy, which will be released on 19 December in the UK and 20 December in the US.

The actor recently clarified comments he made about social media after fans assumed he was referring to his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, which he said wasn’t the case.

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