It goes without saying that John Boyega is definitely one of the most controversial Star Wars people out there and for a time, it looked like he no longer wanted anything to do with the franchise, all thanks to the controversies surrounding the mishandling of his character Finn. These days, Boyega seems a lot more at ease talking about his Star Wars roots, and in a new interview, the actor revealed his favorite entry in the Skywalker Saga which is surprisingly not anything from the films he was part of.
Speaking with CBR, Boyega shared the significance of Return of the Jedi to him. Being part of a generation that grew up with the prequel trilogy, Boyega revealed that he was influenced by his father to also dive into the original films and after seeing Episode VI specifically, he never looked back.
He explains: "Return of the Jedi is my favorite film because you find Luke Skywalker at a very vulnerable time. In the first film, he was learning who he is and learning about this special world that's out there that he never knew about. Return of the Jedi is a great mix of drama, comedy, and somewhat expands the universe in terms of the Ewoks and other creatures that you find in the movie. It's my favorite because it's the establishment of each character at a different point in their lives."
Boyega continued: "You see the whole story from a different point of view. I always saw the first two films as from the point of view of R2-D2 and C-3PO. I only cared about these droids. These droids are just being exchanged and passed around, and the story is told from their viewpoint. But, Return of the Jedi is fixated on Luke Skywalker's story and he's becoming the top Jedi on the streets right now and that was really cool to me."
"I was born in 1992, so I grew up on the prequels, and then my dad told me that I should go back and watch the originals because that rounds up the whole Anakin and Luke Skywalker story. So I went back and watched the originals and thought they were amazing. Every actor captured our imaginations and it was definitely an artistic influence for actors, directors, and everybody in the entertainment field, from visual effects to everybody that makes the magic happen."
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Well, considering Boyega didn't have the fondest of memories filming the sequel trilogy, thanks to all the creative issues he faced on set, his latest statement no longer comes as a surprise. On top of that, the sequels were generally lambasted by the fandom and critics and I'd like to assume that he wants to put everything behind him. At least he isn't resentful of Star Wars as a whole, right?
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