John Boyega: I dreamed of being a soccer star

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 April 2015
John Boyega

John Boyega

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' actor John Boyega admits he dreamed of becoming a soccer star before he made the move into cinema

John Boyega has revealed "an own goal" helped him land a part in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 23-year-old actor - who's been cast in the role of Finn in the J.J. Abrams-directed movie - has confessed he only turned to cinema when he realised he wasn't good enough to become a professional soccer player and managed to embarrassingly scored an own goal.

The London-born star told Entertainment Weekly: "I tried to kick a ball because I thought I would able a footballer but I ended up scoring in our own goal!

"So I decided to just let that be ... perhaps I should try acting."

What's more, John also credited his Pentecostal minister dad for helping him get into the Jedi mindset.

He explained: "The discipline kind of got me into a universe of Jedi, and now I think I know how to have a foundation between the dark and the light."

Meanwhile, Disney recently saw its share price climb by $2 billion following a two-minute clip of the much-discussed new movie.

The trailer premiered at an event in California earlier this month, with the movie set for release in December.

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