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It was a little over a year ago, but the way John Boyega relives the scenario, one can almost picture Harrison Ford there.
The Nigerian restaurant is located beneath a block of flats in London. It doesn’t sound like it’s a particularly fancy place.
“I took him to a Nigerian restaurant in south east London, he walked up into that place like he was Nigerian,” John Boyega explains.
“He does walk too slow into restaurants. Harrison, you just have to walk in and go straight to the table, that’s the thing.
“You don’t have to (at this point, John Boyega impersonates the 73-year-old) ‘look around and see who’s here, and do they notice I’m Harrison Ford?’”
“You don’t always have to take the cheque Harrison. We know you’re rich, we know you’ve got nine planes, but let me pay for it sometimes!”
“Literally, we just had Nigerian food,” Boyega continued.
“People always said ‘when you meet Harrison, he’s casual, he’s laid back’. And he’s all those things, he is, but at the same time, he knows who he is.
“He knows that he’s Indiana Jones, he knows that he’s Han Solo, so that’s why when we walked into an environment where people didn’t expect him there he walks in slow motion. So they can take it in,” John Boyega concluded.
The restaurant owner recently dished about John Boyega bringing Harrison Ford in for dinner.
“Someone came out the back to see me and was like ‘Harrison Ford’s here’ and I didn’t believe it,” he told The Guardian.
“Staff were asking each other, are we absolutely sure that’s him?’”
“You just would never expect it so it took a few minutes to work out if it was really him. Seeing someone out of context, it’s hard for it to sink in, you know,” the owner added.
The next time John Boyega goes to dine on Nigerian food, restaurant staff and patrons will likely be starstruck over his presence, in light of his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.