Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

John Boyega pleased with Finn's evolution in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Nov 20, 2019

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John Boyega is pleased about Finn's development in "The Rise of Skywalker" after branding the characters as a "comedic goody dude".

The actor - who plays Finn in the "Star Wars" franchise - wanted his character to be developed beyond being a "comedic goofy dude who never gets stuff done".

John told Entertainment Weekly: "I definitely wanted more after 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). ['Rise of Skywalker'] makes Finn's 'Episode VIII' arc makes more sense. We got to bring out a side of Finn we haven't seen."

Finn has changed allegiances during the course of the trilogy, initially fighting as a Stormtrooper in the First Order before switching to the Resistance and Boyega believes he finally has a clear identity in this film.

He said: "I don't know if Finn was fully confident about his position in 'Episode VIII' ('The Last Jedi'). In 'Episode IX' (The Rise of Skywalker) is where you have a Finn that now knows what team he fights for.

"There's very interesting beats with Finn in terms of his relations to other characters - there's an aura around him, a new kind of confident energy."

The 27-year-old actor will play Finn for the final time in the film, which marks the end of the latest 'Star Wars' trilogy and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, but he admits that he is glad that his character has maintained a sense of "mystery".

He added: "It feels OK, because, with just three films, there's still a curiosity and a mystery about Finn. There are still certain things that I really don't know about him. It feels like, 'OK, cool. It's a balanced, right time.'"

John also opened up about how director J.J. Abrams encouraged the cast to improvise their dialogue.

He explained: "J.J. came back with a new energy and new vibe. He wanted dialogue to be messy and natural, and that got all of us really excited."

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