John Boyega says a chance sighting of Johnny Depp shooting a Pirates of the Caribbean movie at his college convinced him acting was his future.
John Boyega says watching Johnny Depp filming a Pirates of the Caribbean movie at his college convinced him acting was his future. Boyega, of course, is famous for being one of the three leads chosen to anchor the new Star Wars sequel trilogy, starting with The Force Awakens in 2015. Boyega played Finn, a stormtrooper who goes rogue and decides to join the Resistance. Sadly, Finn’s narrative arc was consistently sidelined in subsequent films, something the British actor has spoken out. He’s even gone so far as to say he preferred Finn’s story in Colin Trevorrow’s unused Star Wars 9 script.
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The Star Wars franchise is just one of many Disney currently owns, and one of its other most successful properties is the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The first film starred Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, and, in an Oscar-nominated performance, Johnny Depp as the iconic Jack Sparrow. Depp has anchored the franchise, appearing in all five films released so far, with his involvement in a potential sixth the subject of great speculation. Now, Boyega reveals that he and Depp have more in common than working on huge Disney franchises.
Boyega tells THR the tale of how he was convinced acting was the right career path for him. The story happened when he was attending the University of Greenwich, a popular location for filming. Boyega says he heard a loud bang one day and ran out of a film studies class to see what happened. Once there, he saw Depp shooting a Pirates of the Caribbean movie and took it as a sign from God that he should become an actor. You can read the full story below:
“We looked down and I saw Johnny Depp on top of two carriages, balancing himself, as Jack Sparrow. I saw what I wanted to do. I thought God sent the whole film set right here. He sent a film that I would love to star in, that I’d love to be a part of. I never went back.”
Boyega has come a long way since that day in University a decade ago, following his breakout role in Attack The Block. Appearing in arguably the biggest movie franchise of all time is a huge win all by itself. However, Boyega has carved out a career for himself as an exciting, dramatic lead beyond the Star Wars franchise.
Despite having finished his time on Star Wars last year, Boyega isn’t resting on his laurels. He is currently attached to several exciting upcoming movies and TV shows, including Small Axe, the legal drama Naked Singularity, and sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone with Jamie Foxx. But no matter where he ends up, it all started with Boyega spotting Depp on the set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
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