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John Boyega talks about Harrison Ford for the 2015 Britannia Awards

Harrison knows he’s Harrison Ford, and I knew it that day. I always had a conspiracy theory that he knew he was Harrison Ford, but people always say, “When you meet Harrison, he’s casual, he’s laidback.” And all those things he is…but at the same time, he knows who he is.

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John Boyega photographed by Paul Wetherell for VMAN

The breakthrough came when Boyega checked out Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford’s original Star Wars auditions footage on YouTube and was surprised by how stylised their performances were – even at that stage. He calls it ‘Star Wars acting’: a heightened, more fun version of regular movie acting. He also remembered Abrams telling him that his character Finn could be anything he wanted. So Boyega upped the fun element of his audition performances. And it proved successful.