His quality time with sick kids was set up through the Rays of Sunshine organization.
London-born actor John Boyega hasn’t hidden his excitement after landing the role of a lifetime as Finn, one of the heroes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Before anyone had seen the movie, he posted video of himself cheering wildly while watching the film’s trailer. Recently, he shared a photo of Brazilian graffiti that featured his character, saying, “The things that still shock me … So crazy.” Boyega has proven that he’s a guy you can root for, not only because of his role in Star Wars, but because he recently shared his excitement with sick children at London’s Royal Hospital.
As part of the Rays of Sunshine program, Boyega visited the hospital in his actual costume from Star Wars, to the delight of its patients. Boyega reported on Instagram that one girl asked him if she could play his costar, the character Rey.
Layla: Finn where’s Rey?
Finn: I don’t know, I got beat by kylo and I can’t remember anything
Layla: okay I’ll be your Rey today. Okay?
Finn: okay! Lead the way.
Boyega had a lightsaber duel with a young boy named Daniel, whose mother couldn’t believe her son’s joy. “To see Daniel smile like that without a care in the world after everything he’s been through, knowing how much time and effort Rays of Sunshine have put in to his wish and that John Boyega gave his time to make it come true, is priceless,” she told the Evening Standard. “These things can’t be bought and really do mean the world.”
According to Boyega on Instagram:
“This little stormtrooper Daniel had a wonderful wish after seeing the force awakens. Daniel currently lives with a brain tumour and rather than having Finn to himself he wanted Finn to meet the kids at the Royal London hospital and give them some toys. I stayed in character while I was with this brave boy asking him what a car was. He taught Finn about everything earth related! Really thankful for the opportunity this child granted me and I’m just humbled! I hope I played a little part in making you smile young stormtrooper.”
(H/T Evening Standard)