Nigerian born British actor, John Boyega revealed that his friends were surprised when they attended the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and realized that had a lead role in the ground breaking box office movie.
John Boyega, who also played a major role in the movie, Half of a Yellow Sun, admits to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight show that his friends only thought he was an extra in the movie. Even though he was actively involved in its production for the last 24 months.He said:
“I took them to the London premiere and after the premiere they were just like, ‘Yo, John, I never knew you were in the movie for so long – I thought you were an extra!’ ”I’m like, all this time I was leaving from Monday to Friday, what did you think I was doing, man, for two years?”
On the other hand, John Boyega admits that he was brought to tears when he realized he had such an important role in the movie of this magnitude.
“What made me cry specifically was my involvement. It’s not anything to do with the story; it’s just seeing your character’s name consistently coming up in a script for a film that is ‘Star Wars’! ”Because for me, I would expect to read the first two pages, then your character’s name’s not coming up as much.
But it was good to see that Finn was a consistent character through this story and plays a vital and important role. And that just made me go, ‘Oh, yes!”
John Boyega is regarded as one of the fastest growing black actors in Hollywood, and his role in the Star Wars franchise will further enhance his profile as one for the future.