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*It’s funny how time changes things.

If you recall, it was not that long ago that we were telling you about the hate that that new “Star Wars” star John Boyega was getting from racist trolls for daring to be a b lack storm trooper.

Well, that was BEFORE “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took over the global box office this past weekend. But by Saturday it seemed the 23-year-old British actor, on the verge of superstardom, needed some extra security to get around Manhattan.

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Boyega was at a matinee of musical “The Color Purple” near Times Square when “he needed help from theater security just to get into the theater,” a source told Page Six.

The night before, Boyega was popping up at “Star Wars” screenings around town to surprise fans.

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Spies said that when he showed up at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square, about 20 fans followed him out as he high-tailed it to the next theater.

Later in the weekend, he headed to London for more press events.

The force is strong with New York

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