John Boyega on the challenging contradictions of new movie Breaking

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Star Wars star John Boyega has opened up about the challenging contradictions of his new movie Breaking.

The movie, which is based on real-life events from 2017 and inspired by Aaron Gell's article They Didn't Have to Kill Him, stars Boyega as Marine Veteran Brian Brown-Easley.

After struggling financially and being denied support from Veterans Affairs, the ex-Marine heads to an Atlanta branch of the Wells Fargo Bank, which he attempts to rob.

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Speaking about what initially drew him to the role, Boyega said that Brian Brown-Easley's polite manners and demeanour made him an unlikely candidate to perform a bank heist.

"I was intrigued by someone who's doing [something] so violent like robbing a bank but saying please and thank you," Boyega told Radio Times.

According to Boyega, the actor found the contradictory nature of Brown-Easley's behaviour challenging to portray.

"I was like, wait, what is this? I thought in moments like this I'd be playing stereotypical emotional beats to help suit a bank heist or whatever it is, and it was none of that. And I think that's quite challenging and something that's interesting to me."

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Crediting the films director Abi Damaris Corbin's extensive research along with speaking to Brown-Easley's ex-wife Jessica for helping him get into character, Boyega said: "The combination of that is what really, really helped me to get a true idea into how I was going to portray this man."

Last year, Boyega paid tribute to his Breaking co-star Michael K Williams, after the actor, who is best known for his portrayal of Omar Little on HBO's The Wire, sadly died in 2021.

Sharing a trailer for the film on Twitter, Boyega wrote: "Here's the trailer for my new movie BREAKING. A special thank you to Micheal K Williams for joining us on this journey."

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