‘Star Wars’ Actor John Boyega Stays in Character for Children’s Hospital Visit
The Force certainly awakened these children!
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega gave some ailing kids an unexpected resurgence of energy on Friday, when he surprised them at London’s The Royal London Hospital, on behalf of Rays of Sunshine children’s charity.
Alongside the actor was 5-year-old mega fan Daniel Bell, who suffers from a brain tumor. In between lightsaber battles, Bell helped Boyega pass out toys to other children.
“Really thankful for the opportunity this child granted me and I’m just humbled!” Boyega wrote in an Instagram caption to accompany photos of a stormtrooper-clad Bell. “I hope I played a little part in making you smile young stormtrooper.”
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. ❤️❤️❤️
Heartwarming: Parents and Patients Delighted By John Boyega’s Appearance
Bell’s mom Rosalind was equally giddy over Boyega’s actions.
“Thank you so so much Rays of Sunshine and John Boyega for granting Daniel’s wish to meet Finn and take toys to the hospital,” she wrote on Facebook Saturday. “It was just amazing, I have no words! Daniel is still totally overwhelmed, I have never seen him so happy.”
This plan was apparently in the works for some time, based on what Boyega told Jimmy Fallon in December.
“I’m going to meet some people, you know, just say thank you,” he said of wanting to connect in person with his fans. “This is big, and I feel the love, I really, really do.”
‘Star Wars’ Boosts John Boyega’s Career
Boyega catapulted to fame last year playing hero Finn in director J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars” sequel, which earned more than $926 million domestic in its Dec. 28 release and $2.05 billion worldwide.
The rising star was recently nominated for several MTV Movie Awards, including breakthrough performance (along with Daisy Ridley) and best ensemble cast. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart will co-host the 25th annual ceremony on April 10 at 8 p.m.