Here’s what the 23-year-old actor had to share:
On his mentor Robert Downey, Jr.: “I’m being mentored by Robert Downey Jr. at the moment. “He’s helped me prepare for how my life is going to change and that has been inspiring. I’m talking to someone who understands the power of choices, both positive and negative.”
On finding out he landed the Star Wars role: “There was already contact between me and J.J. [Abrams, the film's director]. He was a big fan of Attack the Block and we were waiting for a project where we could collaborate. They wanted to make sure they got the right person for the job. I learned that I got the part over a nice breakfast in Mayfair. J.J. said, ‘John, you’re the new star of Star Wars,’ and everything froze for a moment.”
On studying Harrison Ford‘s old audition tapes: “He has that knowledge and it’s beautiful to watch. He has a great balance between the artistic and technical elements of acting, which is what it’s all about. He told me about his career and his house. I realized that I probably couldn’t relate to him about finances because he’s on another level.”
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