Why John Boyega Feels Bad For Storm Troopers

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles.

I’m back with another amazing interview that I conducted during the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS press junket! So far, I have shared my interview with Harrison Ford and Daisy Ridley. Today – John Boyega, who plays Finn!

Interview with John Boyega

John was my interview because he was silly, playful and had a ton of energy! He had us laughing every bit of the way! I hope you enjoy a portion of our interview below. 🙂

Interview with John Boyega

When you first put on the Storm Trooper outfit and saw yourself in the mirror, what was your reaction?

“I did like the way my glutes looked! It was a good experience because something like that makes it so real that you’re involved in this universe. When you put on the costume, it’s the final 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.”

Interview with John Boyega

How does it feel to be a part of a franchise that spans for generations?

“It feels really cool and quite weird because you don’t think about all of those specifics when you’re auditioning because it’s all about booking the part, and then also, you don’t think about that while you’re filming because it’s about the reality of the scenes. But the characters don’t know that they’re in Star Wars movie that will change people’s lives. So they’re in their reality. I remember being with my driver in the UK when we were 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.’ And I just thought, oh yeah, that’s an interesting thought. So, it’s quite surprising to be a part of that.”

What was the first thing that you did when you found out that you got the part?

“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 to a dinner and just go, ‘you know what?’ But, 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.'”

Interview with John Boyega

What kind of training was involved for the lightsabers?

“Hand-to-hand combat, specifically me and Adam choreographing scenes together. Finn has a lot of shooting, running; especially with Rey. Daisy and I 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 scenes are literally practical effects – on the real locations, so there’s no time to slack.”

So, just feeding off that, like the scene when the explosion, you’re running away from that. Was that you or a double?

“That was me. That was all me.

With explosions like that, there are health and safety regulations, but while we were on set, I didn’t think I expected them to be that big. I just remember coming and saying, ‘okay, we’re gonna do this scene and just run.’ Great. All right. Cameras; action. And I’m running, and I’m looking at Daisy and see that everyone is backing up.

J.J.’s going further and further away. They put 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. If you watch the scene, I’m actually legit freaking out.”

Interview with John Boyega

How has your life changed since that trailer has come out?

“Do you know what? It’s so strange. This process has been so gradual. Yesterday night, I took an Uber to a movie theater to see Creed. I watched Creed; loved it; I was on the streets, shopping about with my boys on Hollywood Boulevard, and no one recognized me.”

Did you play with a lightsaber when you were a kid?

“I did. Um, but 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 liked the characters that represent human beings in these kind of projects. Like, if any of us were in the Star Wars universe, we wouldn’t be Luke. I’m trying to be Han – I’m trying to make money; I’m trying to survive.”

Interview with John Boyega

When you told your dad, did he have any idea what Star Wars was?

“Dad had no idea what Star Wars was. He always tells me how crazy it is for him to go onto the tube and just see his son. He’s starting to realize how big it is.”

What is the most inspire- inspiring thing about your character?

“I think what’s so inspiring about Finn is how complex he is. He’s a Storm Trooper who has never really experienced individuality and I think that we always know Storm Troopers to just be one unit and we’ve never, ever had a Storm Trooper take off his helmet to see who he really is.

I always felt sorry for those Storm Troopers. It’s like they send them out just to be shot and I’ve always wanted to say, man, you know what? There must be a different career for you, mate. Finn is the first Storm Trooper to actually go, you know what? I need a new job. So it’s really cool to experience a Storm Trooper in that sense.”

Interview with John Boyega

Can you tell us anything about the relationship between Finn and Poe?

“When Finn escapes the First Order, he crosses paths with various characters and Poe is one of them. They definitely have a brother relationship. Finn finds a friend in Poe and Poe represents what Finn wants to be.”

What makes the Star Wars movies and story so timeless, in your opinion?

“I just think it’s the continuous dialog between fans. Fans have the ability to make a whole press conference on probably two minutes worth of footage, like, ‘who shot first?’ That was a few seconds. There’s a whole debate about that and that keeps fans engaged even when the movie’s aren’t there. There’s only been six films, but if you look at the fandom, it reflects as if there’s been twenty. I think it’s because there are different ways in which you can experience Star Wars.

You don’t necessarily have to watch the films. You can just have the merchandise and know it from there. You can be a Star Wars fan and I think that’s different than any other property.”

Interview with John Boyega

Can you describe Finn in three words?

“Conflicted; charismatic; I’ll do it as a joint word- temporarily brave.”

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th! OMG, the movie releases this week!!!

Interview with John Boyega

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles.