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08/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Press

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TECH CRUNCH – After the conclusion of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup,, I got a chance to talk to John Boyega, of Star Wars and Attack the Block fame — and erstwhile competition judge. We chatted about his relationship with technology, what he’d like to see people create, and yes, Pokemon Go.

 

First of all, you ever make anything like what these kids made?

 

Absolutely not! I have friends that are into software, into programming. I watch them do it, and then I…. try the product. (Laughs)

 

I mean, I’m outside it, but I see that these guys have to go through serious things that challenge their minds and brains, to create something to works, that changes things. And the market is tricky, but these kids are really thinking. They’re on a good level.

 

Did you grow up with a lot of technology?

 

I grew up around a lot of technology, I just couldn’t afford it! I bought my own first game console when I was 17. So, you know, technology was around me, but we kept it classic for a bit.

 

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05/15/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Star Wars Episode VIII


VARIETY  — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout John Boyega and “Diary of a Teenage Girl” star Bel Powley made their debut at Cannes last night, receiving this year’s Chopard Trophy from from the hands of Juliette Binoche and Variety Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos.

 

The pair, who had never met, said they immediately clicked, and it showed when they started joshing around at the cocktail, which gathered high-profile guests, including Cannes President Pierre Lescure; Cannes jury members Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen and Laszlo Nemes; Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele; and producer Elizabeth Karlsen. The duo sat down with Variety following the ceremony to talk about their blossoming careers.

 

Variety: So it’s your first time in Cannes and you got here 12 hours ago. Have you had any interesting encounters?

 

Boyega: We met each other and that’s already great! Our paths have always crossed, but we’ve never had an official conversation.

 

Powley: We’ve been at the same places but we’ve never actually conversed.

 

So maybe one day you can star in a movie together. So tell me, you’re shooting the next “Star Wars” installment?

 

Boyega: Yes, I’m in the thick of it now so it’s nice to be here, see the view and then go back.

 

And then, straight back into the shoot?

 

Boyega: Yes, straight back.

 

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03/19/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Press

Only one man knows what it’s like to audition for seven months for the lead in the most highly anticipated film of all time. And actually get the part. That man is John Boyega, who has gone from Peckham to Hollywood to a galaxy far, far away. Read our exclusive story with John Boyega from GQ Style Autumn/Winter 2015.

 

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In 2012 John Boyega was taking one of the many meetings held at that time with film producers in LA. This one was at the home of production company Bad Robot, run by JJ Abrams, co-creator of the TV show Lost and re-booter of the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek movie franchises. Boyega, who wanted to one day be in a franchise of his own, was talking to Abrams’ longtime producing partner Bryan Burk when Abrams himself came out of a sound booth accompanied by Tom Cruise. They both greeted the young actor from Peckham, south London, with enthusiasm, Abrams telling him, “I loved you in Attack The Block. We’re going to get you in something of ours one day.”

 

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Of course, everyone Boyega met in Hollywood at that time said pretty much the same thing. They all loved him in Attack The Block, because he was undeniably brilliant in the British indie cult classic, and they all said how keen they were to work with him. But Abrams was the one who got back to him. When it was announced in early 2014 that Abrams was going to be rebooting the biggest franchise of them all – Star Wars – Boyega, a huge fan of the original films, asked his agent to keep in touch with any casting news. Sure enough, within months Boyega was on an overland train home from Tottenham when he got a call from his agent; “JJ” wanted to see him for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. He was to first meet with casting director Nina Gold, who got him the role in Attack The Block, to record his first audition for Abrams to watch. It didn’t go well. Boyega thought he was ‘all over the place.’ But there must have been something promising in that first effort, because Abrams wanted to see him in person. Boyega was summoned to a theatre in Holborn, central London, where he read for Abrams. And this time Boyega knew it went well. He had fun, and Abrams seemed to as well. There’s a wry smile on Boyega’s face as he calmly and methodically recounts this story to me just before his cover shoot for GQ Style, and the smile gets bigger and broader as the memories of the process flood back.

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02/16/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview

DUJOURNewcomer John Boyega takes us inside the incredible world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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For a guy whose anonymity is about to go the way of the floppy disc, John Boyega is surprisingly serene. Sitting in a Los Angeles photo studio and unwinding after a day-long photo shoot, it’s as if he’s completely unaware that come December 18, his life will change forever. Of course that’s the day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the fervently worshipped franchise, invades the known universe—and Boyega has a starring role.

 

Today, two months before the movie’s release, the actor is more vexed by an action figure he’s just discovered on a nearby table than by what his future holds. He stretches back in a leather lounge chair, props both feet up on an ottoman and examines the strange-looking toy, which appears to be half-man, half-monster. His expressive face takes on a look of puzzlement and he eventually asks, “What is this?”

 

Many Star Wars fans have similarly wondered about Boyega who, with just a few credits to his name—most notably the 2011 sci-fi fantasy Attack the Block—landed the lead role in what is likely to become the biggest blockbuster of the year. His character, Finn, is the kind of breakout part about which young actors fantasize, especially a comic book and science fiction devotee like Boyega. Reared by religious Nigerian parents in Peckham, a rough-and-tumble district in southeast London, Boyega first discovered the escapism of Star Wars through the line of action figures that coincided with the release of The Phantom Menace in 1999.

 

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01/23/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview

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SHORTLISTAre you bored of people talking to you about The Force Awakens yet?

 

No! I mean it’s all so much more relaxing than a few weeks ago, before the film came out, that’s for sure.

 

It’s broken box-office records. Lots of them. Your agent must be chuffed.

 

He is. I’ve always been his favourite client. Even now, when I’m bringing in the numbers.

 

How’s everything changed for you since the film’s release?

 

It’s been great. I mean, at the moment I’m trying to schedule other projects and fit everything else I want to do around the next Star Wars movie. But now I’m just resting, and then we’ll start prepping for Star Wars again soon.

 

FINN AND POE MORE THAN A BROMANCE? OSCAR ISAAC WISHES

 

What does it feel like to be constantly in the news? Your reactions, clothes, and anecdotes are always making headlines now.

 

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01/14/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars The Force Awakens!!!

 

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VOGUE – JOHN BOYEGA may not have registered on your cinematic radar this time last year – unless you caught the acclaimed British sci-fi comedy “Attack The Block” – but chances are he will now. As a rogue Stormtrooper in the new Star Wars movie, Boyega has already pricked the interest of BAFTA, not to mention won over legions of Star Wars fans for his funny and nuanced portrayal of unlikely hero Finn. We grabbed five minutes with the Peckham boy turned intergalactic rebel to talk spoilers, famous friends and driving to Wandsworth.

 

This week you’ve been nominated for an BAFTA EE Rising Star award – how does that feel?

 

“It feels great, of course. Especially to be alongside the other amazing talents who are in the category. It’s very flattering. I’ve been to BAFTA before actually, but it will be amazing to be there as a nominee. I’ve not prepared a speech or anything though, definitely not, it doesn’t feel real at the moment.”

 

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01/13/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview

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ESQUIREA five minute chat with the galaxy’s most conscientious stormtrooper

 

As the joint lead In the decade’s (probably century’s) biggest film, John Boyega’s Hollywood stock is at an all-time premium, and now the 23-year-old Peckham-born actor can add an EE Rising Star nomination to a career that has gone from indie to blockbuster in little more than a year.

 

We caught up with the stormtrooper turned resistance fighter to talk Harrison Ford, fashion and strange fanmail.

 

Did you have any difficulty speaking with an American accent in the film? It seemed very accomplished.

 

I didn’t have to think too much about Finn’s American accent, I’d already learned one for previous roles, so it felt natural coming back to it for Star Wars. I felt like it fitted the character well.

 

Were there any particularly tough days during filming? The pressure must have been huge.

 

There were definitely days where the pressure and schedule was gruelling, but it never felt like there were ‘tough’ days to get through, it was Star Wars after all!

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01/10/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Attack the Block Interview

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FAULT MAGAZINE – John Boyega is making waves in his debut film role which sees him star in the lead role of ‘Moses’ in Joe Cornish’s feature ‘Attack the Block’ The film received its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival receiving great reviews across the board with John singled out in many for his ‘undeniable acting prowess’. He has also completed the upcoming feature ‘Junkhearts’ along-side Eddie Marsan and Romala Garai due for release later this year. FAULT caught up with John on set to talk of his love of films from Lion King to Transformers.

FAULT:What made you want to become an actor?

 

John: I was inspired by the films I grew up with. I remember being a kid and watching The Lion King, thinking “I want to do that.”It was an inspirational film and a big part of my childhood.

 

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