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John Boyega Reveals How His Star Wars Script Wound Up on eBay

John Boyega Reveals How His Star Wars Script Wound Up on eBay


-You’re a stud. This is a movie
star here. I love that suit. -Look, man, the paycheck
came through. [ Laughter ]
New suit, new suit. -This is the final
“Star Wars.” -Yeah, man, it’s the last one. -The last one in the whole —
the whole saga. -It’s the end.
It’s the end. -What does it mean to you
to be part of this? -It’s a — it’s a humbling
experience. A life-changing experience and
something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life,
it’s just been amazing meeting great people,
having good fun, and most importantly
entertaining you guys. It’s been really, really cool.
-Yeah. It’s been great — [ Cheers and applause ]
Thank you very much. It’s been great watching you.
-Thank you. -Do you have any, like, standout
moments when you’re, like “oh,” the first time you
met Harrison Ford, or Carrie Fisher,
or you and Daisy. Anything, like, “Oh, that
was a cool day.” -I think a really cool day
was, you know, us being on the new horses
that they have in “Star Wars.” They’re, like space horses,
but they’re called “Orbaks” and they’re, like really big,
really, really fast and we had, like a really cool
cavalry charge with explosions
on the Death Star. [ Laughter ]
-What? Are they real robots
or are they, like — -They’re horses in costume. So, the horses were wearing,
like fur and then they had, like, some motion capture things
going on in the horses’ face and they added horns
and stuff to it. It’s just so, so, so cool,
just charging down on that. -J.J. Abrams
doesn’t fool around. -He doesn’t mess around.
He uses all of the budget. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
And more, and more, right? -And more and more.
-Yeah, exactly. Oh, he’s a talented dude.
-He is. -Last day, emotional,
I’m assuming? -Very, very emotional.
Very, very emotional. I actually wrapped kind of
like two shots before Daisy. So, me and Naomi Ackie
had a pickup shot to do, and then Daisy had her scene
and I waited, and then me and daisy wrapped
together, and I said a gorgeous speech. It was absolutely amazing.
Everybody was in tears. [ Laughter ] However, Daisy’s speech was
absolute nonsense. [ Laughter ] -You’re saying that because
she’s not here. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I am, I am. Yeah, she cried throughout
the whole thing. We didn’t understand a word
she was saying. But it was emotional
nonetheless. [ Laughter ]
-Was she really? -Yeah.
-Aw. -You know, we’ve had such fun
just being around each other and it’s just been, like six,
seven years of work, and you create, you know,
really, really cool friendships. -Yeah, and amazing experiences,
like you said, just meeting the fans alone.
-Yeah. -People, kids are
dressing up like you Halloween. -That is nuts, man.
-Isn’t that weird? -Nuts.
This time it’s cheaper. Halloween becomes
cheaper for me. Because, all I have to say
is, “I’m Finn at home.” [ Laughter ]
-Yeah. -I’m at home.
-I’m Finn relaxed. I’m Finn relaxed.
-I’m Finn in sweatpants. Yeah, exactly.
You’ll never see this costume. -Look — -Yeah, you got a great
costume forever. -Really cool. -You can’t say much about
the new movie. Can you, or no?
-Oh, no, no, no, apparently so. And right now I’m under
extreme eyes. Everyone’s got eyes on me
because of a recent situation so I can’t say much.
-I heard about the situation. -Hmm.
-And I’ll say what I can say about it, but —
-Yeah, sure, sure, sure. Open up, mate, you know?
-Sure. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -You leaked the whole script
to the Internet. [ Laughter ]
And almost, like, ruined it for all the fans out there.
-Guys, guys, no. Why would I — me?
I would never do that. I just — -What happened and how scared
were you? -I left the full script
under my bed, and then I was moving apartments
the next morning, and so I forgot the script
under my bed. We weren’t shooting, by the way,
we had wrapped up. It was all in the past,
and I just forgot about the script, and then, yeah,
someone sold it on eBay. [ Audience ohs ]
-For how much? -Hey, look, Disney
bought it back. They bought it back.
[ Laughter ] It was like — it was something
silly, it was, like, you know, like $85 or something. So, they obviously didn’t know. I think they were basing the
price on my name being on the pages.
[ Laughter ] Not on it being
a “Star Wars” script, and I don’t think the person
ever read the pages. They just thought that it was,
like, something cool, tried to sell it
online to make a few bucks. -Your name is, like, kind
watermarked on all the pages. -On every single page.
[ Laughter ] So, when I received the call
from my agent saying, “Mate, I’ve just received a call
from Disney and all the big — the gods of the movie industry
that you work for, that your livelihood comes from,
saying that you lost the most powerful script
in Hollywood right now.” -Seriously. This is going
to make a billion dollars and you’re gonna mess it up.
-I know. I know. A way to feel your organs
and your big toe, mate, I’ll tell you that.
[ Laughter ] -Who called — who ended up
calling you from Disney? -Well, Femi, my agent, had
spoken to several different powers-that-be. These powers include Bob Iger,
Kathy Kennedy, just people that, look,
these are normal, casual — And apparently they were at
Galaxy’s Edge going for, like, a tour of the place and — -When this happened? -Spielberg was there as well
apparently. [ Laughter ]
And so, you know, let’s just say they’ll never
work with me again. -No, that’s not true.
That’s not true. -No, no, we’re cool.
-I heard you actually met J.J. years before you did
“Star Wars.” -Yeah.
-You actually met him at his production company,
at Bad Robot? -Yeah, yeah.
I was taking meetings in L.A. at the time and I went down
to Bad Robot to actually meet J.J.’s
producing partner, and then as I’m waiting in
the lobby, J.J. and Tom Cruise end up walking out
of the editing room, ’cause they’re editing
“Mission: Impossible.” So, obviously I’m looking
at Tom Cruise thinking, “That’s Tom Cruise.”
[ Laughter ] And J.J. Abrams stops me
and he goes, “Oh, I loved you in
‘Attack the Block.’ I’m going to find you
something.” Now, listen. In Hollywood,
they always say they’re going to find you
something. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-It’s never really true. -Yeah.
-So, I’m thinking, move away, little man.
That’s Tom Cruise. [ Laughter ] Little did I know —
my ignorant self — little did I know that
that guy was gonna actually come through and…
-Change your life. -…and give me some
“Star Wars” magic. -Absolutely.
-Yeah. -And I heard your family’s
going to come to this premiere as well?
-Yep, so if anyone’s going to be
at the London premiere, best know it’s
going to be loud as hell. I apologize on behalf
of the Boyegas. We’re going to make
a lot of noise. -The Boyegas are allowed to make
a lot of noise. -Oh, yeah we will.
-They should be proud of young John Boyega.
-Thank you, man. -I want to show everyone a clip. Here is a scene from “Star Wars:
The Rise of Skywalker.” Take a look. ♪♪ -We spotted the fugitives. [ Whirring ] -[ Grunts ] [ Blasting ] ♪♪ -Yes! ♪♪ [ Whirs, beeps ] ♪♪ -Oh!
-Oh, they fly now. -They fly now? They fly now!
-“They fly now!” -They do.
[ Cheers and applause ]

100 comments on “John Boyega Reveals How His Star Wars Script Wound Up on eBay

  1. Poor guy, I bet this episode they make his character go off to be a butler in a small town

  2. I hope he gets a lightsaber in this movie. I wish they would've twisted the plot in the weirdest of ways and make Rey join Kylo on the evil side, and Finn be the main character and feel betrayed as he fights to bring her back to the good side, fighting Kylo and stuff. That would be so great.

  3. A movie star?? hahahaha oh Jimmy you are so bad 😂😂 🤣 Fu.. you whatever​, star wars end and his career ends. bye bye.

  4. John, I hope that the writers treat Finn better in this upcoming film. I loved his arch in episode 7 and how he came to terms with fighting to protect those he cares about, and never running from that responsibility. Im sorry that in episode 8 you were forced to take part in canto bite and also basically reduced to an inkblot. I hope they truly give your character substance.

  5. The only reason why I go see the new Star Wars films. I hope Disney doesn’t kill his character in the Rise of Skywalker. He is a badass! 🔥🔥

  6. It is quite sad that this will be the end of REY and FINN! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE REY! And DEFINITELY POE (considering I AM CONVINCED HE IS GOING TO DIE FROM THAT SHOT OF FINN SCREAMING IN TERROR “POE” THAT LOOKS LIKE HE JUST WATCHED HIM DIE.)

  7. Am I the only one who sees this as gross misconduct??

    Surely this will affect how he gets acting gigs in the future?

  8. It surprises me sometimes how little some actors know about the movies they’re in. I know everyone makes speech mistakes, but normally they would correct themselves. The Marvel actors are THE WORST at this.

  9. JJ is a moron and destroyed the franchise, but compared to Rian Johnson… JJ is the next Coppola, so like Einstein said, everything is relative.

  10. I bet the "leaked" script was a decoy purposely left behind in the hopes that some stupid pathetic piece of shit would find it to eventually put it out there on the net for other pathetic pieces of shit to buy into because of the fact that they can't help but want to spoil the experience for others and themselves. It was to throw you off the scent. The real script probably never left the shooting locations, you gullible morons. 😄

    The Last Jedi is a great movie.

    Pregnant women are not sexy.

    Your opinions don't matter. 🖕😁🖕

  11. How many fucking Death Stars are the empire going to make. I think imma pass on watching the remake for return of the jedi…

  12. We hate you, you know that, right? I mean it would have taken a huge effort for someone to over-top Jar Jar Binks as the most hated individual in Star Wars and knock him off the top, but you mate, you just did it, huge effort, well deserved top position, well done, congrats!

  13. Why do we see First Order Troopers driving SnowMobiles? The poorest Moister Farmer on Tatooine can afford a hoverbike or speeder. Even the homeless find hover sleds instead of shopping carts. Is the First Order so hard up for cash they can't afford speeders and hoverbikes for their Arc Troopers with jetpacks? I am very, very worried about this franchise.

  14. What was the point of force awakens and the last Jedi? Those movies were pointless and irrelevant to the Star Wars universe

  15. Disney better get security to search Boyega before he enters the cinema at the premiere to make sure he doesn't live stream the opening few minutes of the movie….

  16. THEY’VE ALWAYS FLOWN!!!! Like seriously has anybody seen starwars or read it? Jet packs aren’t new in starwars…. 😑

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