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John Boyega Explained His ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Leak
Many of the most familiar physical clichés seem to have little basis in reality. Since when has, say, a crush rendered anyone literally weak in the knees? And if romance is making someone’s heart skip a beat, they should probably get to a medical professional as quickly as possible. But the “pit of your stomach” cliché somehow feels truer than most. The anxiety caused by suspecting that you might have screwed up in a truly big way really can make your stomach feel like an unending pit that stretches from your torso to somewhere deep in the earth’s core. It’s not pleasant, and it sounds like Star Wars star John Boyega knows exactly how it feels, thanks to the time he lost his top-secret Rise of Skywalker script—and it ended up on eBay.
Boyega shared the deeply mortifying story during an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday. “I left the full script under my bed, and then I was moving apartments the next morning,” the actor said. “I just forgot about the script. And then, yeah. Someone sold it on eBay.”
And once the script landed on the digital marketplace, there was no hiding which Star Wars performer was behind the leak, as according to Boyega, every single page was watermarked with his name.
“I received a call from my agent,” said Boyega, “Saying, ‘Mate, I’ve just received a call from Disney and all the big gods of the movie industry that you work for, that your livelihood comes from, saying that you lost the most powerful script in Hollywood right now.”
Fallon helpfully pointed out that the final film in the Skywalker trilogy stands to make “a billion dollars”—Disney profits potentially imperiled by Boyega’s error.
“A way to feel your organs in your big toe, I’ll tell you that,” said Boyega.
Luckily, things worked out for the actor in the end, as Disney was able to buy back the script for the measly sum of around $85.
“They obviously didn’t know,” the actor told Fallon. “They were basing the price on my name being on the pages, not on it being a Star Wars script. And I don’t think the person ever read the pages, they just thought it was something cool, tried to sell it online to make a quick buck.”
If the person who found the script were more aware of the goldmine they’d stumbled upon, they likely could have gotten at least thousands of dollars for it. So if the whole thing was tough for Boyega, imagine how that person feels right now.
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.