Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has slammed Game of Thrones for its lack of diversity saying he doesn't appreciate the lack of black actors in the HBO fantasy series.
''There are no black people on Game of Thrones. You don't see one black person in Lord of the Rings. I ain't paying money to always see one type of person on-screen!," the 25-year-old star told GQ magazine.
''Because 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!''
The series has featured several black actors over its six seasons including Nathalie Emmanuel (who plays Missandei), DeObia Oparei (Areo Hotah), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Lucian Msamati (Salladhor Saan) and Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xhoan Daxos).
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin previously addressed a fan's comment on his blog regarding the lack of diversity in the show.
The African-American woman commented that the lack of diversity in the show "really hurts," and although she applauds the casting of DeObia Oparei she wonders "must all black people in the series be servants, guards, or charlatans?"
Martin responded saying: "Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course… but with that being said, I do have some ‘characters of color’ who will have somewhat larger roles in WINDS OF WINTER. Admittedly, these are secondary and tertiary characters, though not without importance.
"Of course, I am talking about the books here, and you are talking about the show, which is a thing apart. I do think HBO and David and Dan are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah, which you mention. Of course, Hotah IS a guard… but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior."
The seventh season of Game of Thrones returned to Sky Atlantic on Monday and fans saw Ed Sheeran making a cameo to mixed reviews.