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Mr. Boyega seemed pleased by the description, and reiterated that the two are “best friends,” a buy canada goose jacket shtick he canada goose coats often uses in interviews, spawning countless memes and news articles about their “Star Wars bromance,” as Mashable put it.

Mr. Ford politely debunked the hype around the friendship (“I hardly know the man,” he said, wryly), but he did manage to impart a few lessons in A list attitude. During a publicity shoot involving both men and Daisy Ridley, who portrays the film’s heroine, the photographer asked Mr. Boyega to step to the side so Mr. Ford could have the center position.

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Canada Goose Parka So, did Mr. Ford feel that he was passing the “Star Wars” baton to Mr. Boyega with his departure from the series?

“I don’t know that I thought of it that way at all,” Mr. Ford said, sounding very much like Mr. Boyega’s impression. “I was there to die. And I didn’t really give a rat’s ass who got my sword.”

buy canada goose jacket Mr. Boyega’s parents are Nigerian immigrants, and he grew up in Peckham, a modest neighborhood of South London. His father is a Pentecostal minister, and canada goose Mr. Boyega remains religious.

The name of Canada Goose Online his production company, UpperRoom, has a double meaning: It is a reference to the location of his childhood bedroom (“Where I planned long term goals, where I got dumped. That’s where I became king. That’s where I became slave. Everything”) and intended in a biblical sense, as a place where people come together in unity.

Asked whether faith also informs his dating life, he said: “Yeah, she’s got to be Christian.”

Canada Goose Outlet And has the canada goose coats on sale future Mrs. Boyega turned up yet?

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Canada Goose sale “My bank account’s doing all right, but if I have money and a relationship, I’d have, like, 39.99,” he said, delivering the punch line in his South London accent as “fuh ey noin noiny noin.”

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Canada Goose online As an aspiring thespian, he would wait outside canada goose uk shop the stage door of the Royal Court Theater to ask the actor Daniel Kaluuya (an Oscar nominee for his role in “Get Out”) for advice. And at London’s Identity School of Acting, Mr. Boyega trained with Letitia Wright (a star of “Black Panther”).

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From there, it was only a few years before he was running lines with Lupita Nyong’o, whom he met on the set of “Star Wars.” She got a Canada Goose Jackets dose of his comic relief up front.

“I remember, he immediately teased me cheap canada goose uk about my uncombed hair, moments after we met,” she said. “I was stunned that he had the audacity to do so, not conforming to social norms of making a good impression.”

Nonetheless, Ms. Nyong’o declared herself cheap Canada Goose charmed. “I was impressed by his honesty, even in jest, and I knew we would be good friends at that point,” she said.

canada goose clearance Underneath all the chumminess, it is not lost on Mr. Boyega that he is part of a new wave of British black actors receiving respect and acclaim in the industry.

“For me it feels like a big movement,” he said. “It’s the first time seeing my peers who I’ve gone through drama school with, seen at auditions, secure roles in good quality TV and film. And I am inspired by that right now.”.


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