John Boyega's Friends Thought That He Was Just An Extra In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Jody Jameson

When John Boyega went on set every week to film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his friends thought that he was only an extra in the much anticipated film.

On Friday, Boyega told Jimmy Fallon in an interview on The Tonight Show that when he took his friends to the London premiere of Star Wars, they were very surprised that he had such a big part in the movie.

"I took them to the London premiere and after the premiere they were just like, 'Yo, John, I never knew you were in the movie for so long – I thought you were an extra!' I'm like, all this time I was leaving from Monday to Friday, what did you think I was doing, man, for two years?"

Keeping the celebrations going, Boyega told Fallon that he planned to make stops around New York at different showings of Star Wars to surprise fans and thank them. John said that he was very grateful for everything, and wanted to give back to the fans.

"I'm gonna go over to a few theaters in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and I'm gonna meet some people, you know, just say thank you. This is big, and I feel the love, I really, really do."

"It took seven months to audition and then J.J. sent me an email that was like 'where are you?' I lied and told him I was at an art gallery, when I was at home. Listen, in my defense I told him that because, you know, you don't want a director thinking that you've got all the free time in the world. You want him to think that you're up to stuff. So I told him 'yeah, I'm at an art gallery, I'm not waiting to hear back about your movie J.J.!' "

It all started out when Norton pulled out two Lightsabers, and asks Beckham if he had any sword training. As soon as Beckham confirms that he had in fact sword trained for a movie he will be in, Boyega jumped up to challenge him. David wielded a red Lightsaber, and John a blue one. The battle didn't start, though, until Boyega yelled his battle cry, challenging the soccer star. Boyega delivered only one, very slow strike, and the battle was over.

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