John Boyega Says Despite His Experience, He is Still “In Love” With the STAR WARS Franchise — GeekTyrant

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For better or for worse, actor John Boyega will forever be linked to the Star Wars franchise. He starred in the final three chapters in the Skywalker Saga, including The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. While these films were not fan-favorites, they were also not highly regarded by Boyega himself, but he was a fan of the franchise long before those films, and he continues to be.

In a recent interview with Total Film magazine (via GamesRadar), Boyega explained that despite his feelings on those last films, he’s still a “massive, massive” fan of Star Wars.

“I was the person on set correcting stuff,” he laughs. “Like the flying jet troopers that we had in The Rise of Skywalker. Poe had been saying, ‘They fly now’ and I thought they had seen the flying jet troopers from [animated TV series] The Clone Wars. I play the games on Battlefront. I have a robust relationship with the whole Star Wars stuff.”

He adds of his love for the franchise:

“My first interaction with Star Wars was a Darth Maul figure. I’m a ’90s baby so I came during the prequels. I was like, ‘Bloody hell, man.’ I didn’t know what it was but I knew it looked cool and there were spaceships and glowsticks that could slash your wrist off. Then I went back to the old Star Wars after. OK, I’m guilty – I did say that the effects are shit when I was younger! I didn’t know any better. Then I grew into maturity and was in love with it. I still am in love with it. I bloody love it. But it’s almost nicer not having to be in it, and not having to deal with that. It’s weird, you just go back to being a fan again and see yourself in the games.” 

He also shared that he watches all of the Disney Plus Star Wars shows, and “loves” them all. It’s too bad that once he got to be a part of the franchise, it didn’t turn out well for him as an actor, or a fan.

Boyega was most recently seen in the 2022 drama, The Woman King, and he is currently working on several projects, including the highly anticipated sequel, Attack the Block 2.

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