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“My dad just wants me to jump off of buildings”: John Boyega Says His Dad Wanted Him to Be Hollywood’s New Bruce Willis, Not What Star Wars Turned Him Into

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After starring as Finn in the modern Star Wars trilogy, John Boyega’s father still remains unimpressed by the actor’s impressive career. John Boyega often grew up with his father watching the Bruce Willis starrer Die Hard (1984) and wants his child’s career to resemble more like that of the veteran actor.

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John Boyega is known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars franchise.
John Boyega is known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars franchise.

John Boyega’s Father Wants Him To Jump off of Buildings

While appearing in an episode of the famous late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor shared some details regarding his personal and professional life. The actor shared how his father encourages him and is supportive of his career but compares him to Bruce Willis‘ massive action scenes.

John Boyega as King Ghezo in The Woman King (2022).
John Boyega as King Ghezo in The Woman King (2022).

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Talking to the comedian and host of the show, John Boyega opened up about his father’s enthusiasm to make the actor do stunts like Bruce Willis and not what Star Wars made him.

“My dad recently said to me, he goes ‘You know, John, all these artistic movies that you are doing, I’m not quite interested in them.’ My dad just wants me to jump off of buildings. He actually asked me why my career is not like Bruce Willis. I’m like, ‘I’m trying to connect with the audience, Dad!’ He’s just like, ‘No, no, jump off a building, and then you’re a star.’

The Attack the Block actor further continued,

“Once they see the action, you watch Attack the Block, and it was kind of like, first film, I see you doing a bit of action, he was like, ‘yeah, oh yeah, he’s going to be my action star son.’ And then I started doing all these emotional in-depth character arc movies, and he’s like ‘ugh, oh character, artists. Die Hard is what he enjoys. Bruce Willis, that’s his guy. So Bruce Willis is who my dad compares my career to at every single point, it’s Bruce Willis.

The actor summed up with a chuckle, saying he enjoys playing the in-depth characters while his father wants him to do stunts like Bruce Willis. Attack the Block marked the beginning of John Boyega’s career following which he was awarded quite a few notable roles in Hollywood.

John Boyega May Return To Action Scenes Soon

John Boyega quickly became a fan favorite by playing the role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) and continued to be an integral part of the films till The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

John Boyega as Finn in the Star Wars universe.
John Boyega as Finn in the Star Wars universe.

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Starting his career in Attack The Block, the actor will be soon seen in the upcoming movie The Woman King (2022). Starring in the character of King Ghezo, the movie has received early positive reviews much to the delight of fans and Viola Davis. Along with The Woman King, John Boyega will be seen along with Jamie Foxx in the comedy feature They Cloned Tyrone with additional plans to reprise his role in Attack The Block Part 2 which is currently in pre-production.

The Woman King will be released on 5th October 2022 across theaters globally.

Source: ScreenRant