'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Script Made John Boyega Cry

Actor says his character's story has "never been seen before, but it also mirrors the stories of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo."
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains a tantalizing few months away, but John Boyega — who plays Finn in the movie — promises that it'll be an emotional experience when it finally arrives. After all, the screenplay alone moved him to tears.

"When I read the script I cried," the actor told GQ, "and I'm not really a big crier. I'm more like a frog-in-the-throat kind of guy, who'll try to hold it in and make sure I don't let it all out." (Of course, perhaps he was just crying with relief because it had taken him so long to nail down the part; Boyega also told the magazine that it took seven months of auditions before he got the role, calling it "like The X Factor but without the TV show around it.")

Of his character, Boyega only had vague teases to share. "Finn is dope," he said. "His story is so epic. It's a story that's never been seen before, but it also mirrors the stories of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. And he's quirky and charismatic and funny. For me, he was the best character in the script."

But why?

No specifics were offered, although Boyega did reveal one potential surprise: that lightsabers aren't exactly ... well, light. "They're heavy, those things, and there's a lot of running involved," he said. "I was trained on a high incline treadmill so when it came to it I could sprint around the desert in a leather jacket. They should do a Star Wars weight loss program."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released Dec. 18, for those looking for exercise tips.