“What makes me love Finn so much,” he says, “is for years and years, the definition of a hero has been such BS.” Not only was the valiant protagonist a handsome, able-bodied, white male—a type that is gradually receding in mainstream culture, as “The Force Awakens” proves—he always exuded an unwavering sure-footedness, both unrealistic and unexciting to Boyega.

“It’s a bit of a narrow kind of definition, and for me it was a conscious choice to keep Finn as normal as possible,” he says. “He doesn’t consider himself a hero, which is something I quite like. Have you seen the way Superman flies around? That man knows he’s a freaking superhero! Chill, man.” – John Boyega for Backstage


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