Star Wars actor John Boyega took part in a Reddit AMA today. Most of the questions were surrounding Pacific Rim: Uprising, in which he not only stars, but also produced. There were a smattering of Star Wars related questions, too. We’ve gathered a few of the highlights, covering a few different topics, and have posted them below.
I’m an actor (and producer) from the United Kingdom. You may know me from Joe Cornish’s cult sci-fi film Attack the Block, though I recently tried to save the galaxy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I also had the pleasure of working with Kathryn Bigelow in Detroit.
I’m currently traveling around the globe with our awesome cast from Pacific Rim Uprising, which I star in and produced. We’re excited for you to see it in theaters March 23. You can check out the trailer and join the Jaeger Academy (Pacific Rim fans, warning you that the trivia and games are addicting as hell!) by going here: www.pacificrimmovie.com
As an actor, what’s the biggest difference between filming a huge, effects-heavy film like Star Wars or Pacific Rim and a smaller, more character driven film like Detroit? Do you find one “easier” than the other?
No, but it’s the same process on set actually in telling all these stories. One isn’t easier, it’s just different in the sense that there’s…the characters are different, the seriousness and energy on set is different, but I do think it’s all the same experience.
You straight up ran around your house screaming for hours when you landed Star Wars right?
No, I was in tears more than anything.
As a first time producer in Pacific Rim Uprising, what were some new things you learned about the whole movie making processes that you hadn’t experienced before as an actor?
I didn’t know that your hours, they expand, you’re doing a lot of work after hours to make sure that by the next morning creatively the scene is in a good condition or creatively at the same time the actors understand and there may be a different point of view or different emphasis that otherwise would have been normal and so obviously constantly improving the script and that’s something I’m not used to obviously as an actor I’m used to kind of a set way and that’s something for sure.
From your experience, what is the best thing a director can do in order to help their actors elevate their performances?
Collaborate! It’s the actor’s job to fill out a role that is obviously written on the script. It just needs life and energy breathed into it and you need to be collaborative with your actor in order to find new ideas and new ways to do things that you find you just create genius.
What inspired you to take on a producing role for Pacific Rim Uprising?
For me it was the opportunity to be involved in creative process early on in a project which otherwise you don’t get to be involved in as an actor and also as a scifi fan to kind of get impacts most of the ideas that most of the time I would keep to myself, to be given the chance to display them was something that was very very fun. And it leads your career forward in a very good way.
What’s your first Star Wars memory? How were you introduced to the saga?
Getting a Darth Maul action figure passed down to me by my sister. It belonged to my sister and then it was mine. The black and red was a bit scratched but it still made for a good figure for a few years and then I watched the prequel films.
Would you ever want to play a villain?
Yes. In talks now, haha.
Will we ever see you tackle a Shakespeare character such as Hamlet or Macbeth in the future?
Oooh. Iago from Othello is someone I’d definitely want to handle. I’ve done Othello in college and I loved it. That’s my favorite Shakespeare story. But who knows, I don’t know.
Any advice for a theater student?
Training is the emphasis. Be ready for the opportunity that is auditions. But enjoy the process.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized Daisy Ridleys, or 1 Jabba the Hutt sized Daisy?
Jabba the Hutt sized Daisy Ridley. How would I go about it? Put food, Daisy’s a snackie, and lead her towards a little gate and then trap the gate on her!
You can read the entire Reddit AMA with John Boyega here.Powered by Sidelines