John Boyega on Playing a Cop in ‘Small Axe,’ Black Lives Matter and the ‘Crazy Genius’ of Steve McQueen

John Boyega on Playing a Cop in ‘Small Axe,’ Black Lives Matter and the ‘Crazy Genius’ of Steve McQueen
When Steve McQueen first approached John Boyega about playing London police officer Leroy Logan in his Amazon Prime Video anthology series “Small Axe,” they were both amazed and puzzled by the story of the real-life trailblazer. Logan was a young forensic scientist who gave up that successful career to take on the challenge of a lifetime: He wanted to create change from within by becoming a police officer.

But in doing so, Logan faced the disapproval of his father, was seen as a traitor by his community, and encountered plenty of blatant racism inside the Metropolitan police force.

“That was the key for me see, this guy’s made the decision that a lot of people wouldn’t make, especially during that time,” Boyega tells Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast. “And I was curious as to what kind of mind is behind a man that kind of makes this choice.
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