Mark Hamill praised his Star Wars co-star John Boyega for his emotional speech during protests against racism in London.
Boyega – who played Finn in his latest trilogy – told Black Lives Matter protesters in Hyde Park that he & # 39; talking to you from my heart & # 39; then & # 39; he delivered a rousing message through a megaphone.
He paid tribute to George Floyd, the black American who died in police custody, as well as others who were killed in controversial circumstances.
He was widely praised for the speech, with Hamill – known to millions of Star Wars fans for playing Luke Skywalker – among those who don't pay tribute.
Hamill tweeted: "Never been more proud of you, John." He signed the message with "father".
The official Star Wars Twitter account also paid tribute. It said: “Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message that 'now is the time. Black lives always matter.
& # 39; & # 39; Black lives were always important. Black lives have always meant something & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The evil that is racism must stop. We will be committed to being part of a change that has long been in progress. the world is too long. John Boyega, you are our hero. "
Filmmaker Matthew A Cherry application tweeted Boyega over concerns about speaking of his career, saying, "I would work with John Boyega and I encourage other non-black creators to confirm that they have his back as well."
Director Olivia Wilde was among those to answer, saying, & # 39; Absolutely. I would be honored to work with @JohnBoyega and can only hope to have the chance. We have your back, John. Don't stay back. "
Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning director of Get Out, said, "We got you, John."
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown said: “Dear @JohnBoyega, I see you and I love you. Thank you for loving us.
& # 39; And know this, to & # 39; the right side of history is better than what silence would give the reward with compliments. I'm standing with you. We stand by you. "
Boyega previously said he did not want to "work in fear" when he was in the US because he was spreading the unrest over the US and elsewhere.
Mr. Floyd died while in police custody. Former officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, while three others who were at the scene have also been charged in connection with the death.