'Star War's actor similar to his character

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December 08, 2017
This December 3 photo shows John Boyega posing for a portrait during the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' press junket in Los Angeles. Boyega stars as Finn in the latest installment of the franchise, in theaters on Decemer 15. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP):

John Boyega may have a lot in common with Finn, the character he plays in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but a trip to a London toy store left the actor floored.

Boyega, 25, said one of the most surprising experiences he had while making the film was seeing his own larger-than-life likeness at the Toys 'R' Us store he frequented as a kid.

The actor had gone to find a gift for his newborn nephew when he came face to face with a giant cardboard cut-out of himself as Finn.

"There were toys everywhere, and I was just like, 'Wow'," Boyega said in a recent interview. "I'm on the shelf. It's strange."

While he has got more accustomed to his place in the Star Wars universe after making his debut in The Force Awakens, both he and his character remain awed by the scope of that world.

A former Stormtrooper who escapes the First Order to join the Resistance, Finn is now emboldened to discover where he fits into the fight, Boyega said.

His work in Star Wars has led to other high-profile roles, including a part in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, and in next year's Pacific Rim Uprising.

"I feel like during the filming of The Last Jedi, we were kind of living parallels to our characters in a sense," Boyega said. "Because Finn is now well known in the Star Wars universe, and for me, I'm known within the industry and our planet and whatever. Now he has this reputation and it's hard for him to keep that up while still figuring himself out because he's been labelled as a hero."