John Boyega Opens Up About Carrie Fisher's 'Amazing' Send-Off in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
By Antoinette Bueno
John Boyega is remembering the late Carrie Fisher.
The 25-year-old actor, who plays Finn in the beloved Star Wars franchise, appeared on Popcorn with Peter Travers, where he discussed working with the late actress. Fisher died in December, and Boyega says her Star Wars send-off in The Last Jedi will definitely do her justice.
"This movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way," Boyega said. "And she's still kept alive in this franchise -- she lives forever in that sense."
The actor said he was in Nigeria with family when he heard the devastating news of her death.
"It was strange ... a strange feeling," he recalled. "I feel like everybody in the cast, and everybody around the world, just went silent for a bit -- kind of like a dimmed light."
Boyega also revealed that he and Fisher have many scenes together in The Last Jedi.
"You get to know someone, and the gloss and the glamour, it starts to kind of go away, and you just see the person, and you're having a great time and enjoying each other's company," he said of his experience working with the legend.
Boyega also talked to ET about the upcoming film paying a lot of respect to both Fisher and Mark Hamill when we spoke with him at D23 last month.
"I think even before Carrie passed away, I was sure that this was gonna be a movie that would pay her and especially Mark Hamill a significant amount of respect for all they've done for the Star Wars franchise and this was before you know, anything happened," he said. "And you know, now that she's passed on, there's even more of a challenge to make sure she is respected and to pay homage to the character that she helped collaborate to create."
"I'm excited -- I'm excited for her character, and I think she would be proud to how she's represented," he added.
ET spoke with Boyega late last month at the Detroit premiere, where he revealed he bought his parents a house when asked about the biggest "rock star" purchase he's made since making it in the business.
"You know, I also think that's giving back to my king and my queen," he adorably said. "So that's what I did."