While I was at the Star Wars Press Junket I met quite a few different amazing people. I mean how can you top Harrison Ford or J. J. Abrams? I would have to say that it was easy for John Boyega because he was the best interview of the day with his jolly temperament and quick wit. He came into the room filled with confidence toting his backpack on his shoulders. I will one day be able to say I met him back before the reality of Hollywood hit him. I knew him before he was a huge actor like Harrison Ford because that’s what I see in this young man’s future. During the interview with him, he was asked if his life has changed any since the trailers started playing. He said no because no one really recognizes him yet. They still look at him like, is that?….No it can’t be.
And I think that because I still move through public places, sometimes people recognize me, but they do this. Naw. All right, naw, that ain’t him. And you know, yeah, I’d like to see him holding a lightsaber- just, all right, naw, it’s not him. So for now, it’s gradual.
I can call him a young man because he wasn’t born until 1992 and his first experience with Star Wars until a few years after the Phantom Menace came out. He LIKED Jar Jar Binks. Many crazy Star Wars fans would call that sacrilege but it is what it is people. He’s a different generation. He’s the generation that the next generation is going to fall in love with. It’s this amazing cycle that keeps the fandom of Star Wars going.
I saw the film a few years after the Phantom Menace came out. I was born in ’92, so I was exposed to the prequels first. And as a kid I didn’t really care about story and all that kind of stuff. I just saw that green guy doing acrobatics, so I was like yeah, hell yeah, turn it on, man. Turn it on. Turn it up. And I enjoyed watching it as a kid, and then when I was older, and I was more aware that I wanted to be an actor, and I liked story, I watched the originals and that just finished me. Apart from death and taxes, the part that I’m going to be a Star Wars fan for life is pretty much guaranteed.
John was asked his opinion of the Star Wars fans and their importance to this franchise and he said….
In my 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 movies 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 just know it from there. So there’s several ways that you can be a Star Wars fan, and I think that’s different than any other property.
John has an amazing relationship with his father. He said that his dad requires him to check in over face time every day. Which I think it part of what keeps him so down to earth. His dad seems to also be an inspiration to his acting career. As a minister his father would do all the voices of the characters. For example, when telling the story of Noah’s Ark he would tell it from the animal’s perspective in lots of voices. I also love the way he described his relationship with Harrison Ford and how that carried over into the relationship with Finn and Han.
Do you know, it’s so funny. Me and Harrison are obviously best friends. He would tell you that. We go way back. It’s ridiculous. And we formed a really interesting relationship that really has influenced the Finn and the Han relationship, because the first thing I said to Harrison when I met him- I walked up to him and it’s like, hey, I’m Harrison Ford. And I was like, you look good, man. He was like, well, what did you expect?
And from then, that influenced the way in which Finn sees Han. It’s like, oh man, yeah, gramps is cool. And Hans is kind of like, dude, I’m Han Solo, have respect. And there’s no respect whatsoever. But I think that Hans sees a young Han in Finn, and so they form this bond, and it’s going to be so hilarious when you see their duo, and the lack of respect for each other, but the undertone love that they have is- it’s pretty cool.
I can’t wait to see Star Wars in theaters this weekend. It’s going to be epic with actors like this one at the helm. Oh he did say you will se him running a lot!