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"Attack The Block" Star John Boyega On Learning From "The Wire" + Hollywood Calling

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 22, 2011 4:09 AM
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"Mr. Boyega said he learned to play Moses by watching the laconic drug dealers from Season 4 of “The Wire.” He explained, “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of dialogue, so it means telling the story through your eyes all the time... The film has vastly increased his visibility, helping him land an agent at CAA... he is already making regular trips to Los Angeles to pursue new projects and fantasizing about a full-time Hollywood life...”

From a New York Times profile of Attack The Block star, John Boyega, whom I and others have compared to a young Denzel Washington (or at least what we envision a young Denzel Washington to have looked, sounded and acted like).

Interesting what he said about taking his acting cues from The Wire, isn't it?

Also, glad that he's landed an agent stateside. As I suggested in my review of the film, the force is strong with this one. I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of him in coming years. Hopefully he's offered a nice variety of roles, and is selective in the decisions he makes.

We're watching you John :)

Read the full NY Times piece HERE.

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  • Dankwa Brooks | July 25, 2011 10:13 AMReply

    In my review of 'Attack the Block' I said "I hope he has a long and prodigious career unlike other child phenoms like that Sixth Sense kid. Where is homeboy? LOL."

    We shall see...

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 22, 2011 10:35 AMReply

    There was an interview with him earlier this month in which he mentioned he watched a lot of the scenes involving Michael (Tristan Wilds) on "The Wire" to help him with forming his character, so i wasn't surprised by his comment in the NY Times. Nonetheless I got a big kick out of that.

    Still am quite doubtful of the opportunities he'll be given.

  • Sergio | July 22, 2011 8:27 AMReply

    It'll be on next week. I'll post the link on S & A

  • Jay | July 22, 2011 8:15 AMReply


    When can we read the interview? Will you publish it on Shadow and Act?

  • Sergio | July 22, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    I interviewed Boyega on Monday and I found him to be a really down-to-earth intelligent guy who''s dedicated to his craft and also has the smarts to know that Hollywood and show biz is all a game and that he's figuring out how to play it

  • Jay | July 22, 2011 7:26 AMReply


    He's got the goods.


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