John Boyega says his journey is like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
December just can’t come fast enough for us. In the meantime, we nibble on the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teases that emerge before we feast when the movie arrives in full.
With that in mind, John Boyega’s been talking about his role in the “The Force Awakens” in a recent interview with GQ. The actor describes his grueling seven-month audition process as, “’The X Factor’, but without the TV show around it.”
When he finally was able to read the script, Boyega had a far more emotional reaction than he might have expected. “I cried,” he said. “And I'm not really a big crier... I'm more like a frog-in-the- throat kind of guy, who'll try to hold it in and make sure I don't let it all out."
The elements of the story that impacted him emotionally remain to be seen, but he likens Finn’s journey to a combination of two we’ve seen before.
"Finn is dope,” Boyega enthused. “His story is so epic. It's a story that's never been seen before, but it also mirrors the stories of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. And he's quirky and charismatic and funny. For me, he was the best character in the script."
As to using the iconic lightsaber, he said it made for a pretty good workout.
"They're heavy, those things, and there's a lot of running involved,” the actor revealed “I was trained on a high incline treadmill so when it came to it I could sprint around the desert in a leather jacket. They should do a ‘Star Wars’ weight loss program."
I would happily go on that exercise program.
Stay tuned for more “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” news. Meanwhile, we discuss why we think Finn HAS that iconic weapon in the video below.