I love chatting with people who are truly passionate about their job and John Boyega is definitely passionate. Along with the rest of The Force Awakens cast he made the rounds of the Press Junket and sat down with us parenting bloggers. Let me say this….John Boyega is BURSTING with enthusiasm. He is perfectly cast for this franchise that has a life of it’s own and I can see him standing strong and not letting it phase him. However, boy does he get excited and I mean EXCITED. He has a bubbling personality that makes me just want to hang out with him all day. Check out the interview below:
Q:When you first put on the Storm Trooper outfit and saw yourself in the mirror, what was your reaction?
John: I did like the way my gluts looked, [AUDIENCE LAUGHS]. It was a good experience, I mean, because something like that kind of makes it so real that you’re involved in this universe. I mean, when you put on the costume, it’s the final kind of step of becoming a character. You put on the costume, and you see yourself as a character that isn’t you, and so that is something that was quite profound.
Q: What was your first impression when you raised your lightsaber? How was that experience?
John: Oh, that was a good day. It was in the trailers, anyway. In the ruins- in the castle and, there are these kids who actually make the technology for the lightsabers; they’re quite young. They brought it in this black case, opened the case, I picked up the lightsaber, and I was kinda like, [LAUGHS], just with a lightsaber **at this point John is making the lightsaber sounds and mimicking gestures**. He was just looking at me and you can see how holding the lightsaber, how that captures the imagination of onlookers and I was definitely egotistical that day.
Q: Did you get to keep it?
John: No. But what I am gonna do is go back and write a long list, and the Storm Trooper helmet, the rebel jacket, a leather jacket and, and the saber, that’s what I’m gonna (go) back and get.
Q: How does it feel to be a part of a franchise that sort of stands for generations?
John: It feels really cool and quite weird at the time, because I remember…. You don’t think about all of those specifics when you’re auditioning because it’s all about booking the part. Also, you don’t think about that while you’re filming because it’s about the reality of the scenes. The characters don’t know that they’re in Star Wars movie that will change people’s lives. They’re in their reality. I remember being with my driver in the UK when we’re going to set, and he was just like, you know what, mate?
When you die, you’re not gonna be really dead because you’re gonna be everywhere anyway, [AUDIENCE LAUGHS]. I just thought, oh yeah, that’s an interesting thought. It’s quite surprising to be a part of that.
Q: What was the first thing that you did when you found out that you actually got the part?
John: I was in a café with J.J. and Larry Kasdan, and he told me face-to-face. I thought he was gonna tell me I didn’t get the part because J.J.’s that nice. I’d auditioned for seven months and I feel like if he was gonna tell me it didn’t go my way, he would’ve invited me to a dinner and just go, you know what? At least you get a free meal, [AUDIENCE LAUGHS]. It worked out well, and I told my agent who I’ve known since I was sixteen and then randomly told a taxi driver. I was like, you know what, I’ve just been cast in the new Star Wars, and he said, all right, mate. [AUDIENCE LAUGHS]
Q: What kind of training was involved for the lightsabers?
John: Hand-to-hand combat. Specifically me and Adam had to do the choreograph scenes together. Finn has a lot of shooting, running, especially with me and Ray. Me and Daisy had to get our cardiovascular skills up, and that was treacherous. It was fun because now filming the scenes, you realize why the training was so intense because the, the scenes are literally practical effects at the real locations, so there’s no time to kind of slack.
Q: Just feeding off that, like the scene when the explosion you’re running away from that. Was that you or was that a double?
John: That was me. That was all me. I was fantastic. With explosions like that, there are health and safety regulations and all those things, but while we were on set, I didn’t think I expected them to be that big. I just remember coming and saying, okay, John we’re gonna do this scene and just run. Do the dialog. Have fun. Great. All right. Cameras; action. And I’m running, and I’m like, look at Daisy, and see that everyone’s backing up.
J.J.’s going further and further away. They put, like, a plastic cloak over the camera; people putting goggles on and hats. I looked at Daisy like, why, how come we….and they called action, and then I realized, what? If you watch the scene, I’m actually legit freaking out. I’m too young to die like this. It definitely fun- those scenes.
Q: So did you play with a lightsaber when you were a kid?
John: I did. I did. I was more of a Han dude. I wasn’t really into Luke like that. It’s not because he wasn’t a good character. It’s just because I like the characters that represent, human beings in these kind of projects. If any of us were in the Star Wars universe, we wouldn’t be Luke. We wouldn’t be trying to, you know, fight against- naw, hell, naw, I’m trying to live, I’m trying to be Han. I’m trying to make money; I’m trying to survive. The only reason why I would be brave is to save my own life, all right? Yeah, I’m not trying to any of that stuff, and so those are the characters I really relate to, is the Hans. I would do the whole blasted thing.
In the end I think there is a little bit of Han in all of us…..and now maybe a little bit of Finn as well. Regardless John Boyega is a hell of a guy and I can’t wait to see him as Finn the reluctant stormtrooper.
***Disclosure: I attended the #StarWarsEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***