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John Boyega compares working on huge film franchises to ‘luxury jail’

John Boyega has compared working in a huge film franchise to a ‘luxury jail’.

The 28-year-old lit up the big screen while starring as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Discussing the difference between the franchise and appearing on Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, he explained that working as one character for long periods of time could ‘starve’ his other muscles.

‘Being in a big franchise, it’s kind of like luxury jail sometimes for an actor when you want to do something else,’ he told CinemaBlend.

‘Because, remember, in a franchise you’re working on one character for many years, which can starve your other muscles.

‘And in wanting to be in something where I knew that I’d play a different type of role, a different type of man, and then knowing Steve through, we’re all a part of the same industry so I’d heard about Steve’s directing style, I was really really curious and excited to have the opportunity anyway to be a part of it.

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John Boyega appeared on Steve McQueen’s Small Axe (Picture: AP)

‘And when it came through I was on the telly like, “this is my moment”.’

John portrayed policeman Leroy Logan in Small Axe, with the anthology series following the lives of West Indian immigrants living in London throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Spilling the beans on what exactly drew him to the role, he praised how ‘grounded’ the character was – and how supportive everyone else was behind the cameras.

Chatting to IMDb, the actor confessed: ‘I was hungry for a role like this at the time. Coming off a franchise, I was at the crossroads of, you know, the big question: “What is he going to do next?”

‘To have this as an opportunity and to play somebody so grounded, but then to know that artistically I would be given 100 per cent support to do my job as effectively as possible.

’Every day is worth a little bit of toughness, a little bit of weight of a role.’

We can’t wait to see what John takes on next.


Credit: Original article published here.

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