Pacific Rim Uprising: The Influence Idris Elba Had On John Boyega’s Performance

Pacific Rim Uprising comes out this Friday (if you are a loser, everyone knows movies actually come out Thursday night at 7pm…) and boy, am I excited. Yes, it looks like a more cartoony, kids-friendly, dumbed-down sequel compared to the epic original, but that’s because they can’t all be Guillermo del Toro! I’m down for a crappy sequel, if I get to watch Jaegers fight each other!

John Boyega, who you may just recognize as Finn from the current Star Wars trilogy, leads the film, playing Jake Pentecost, son of Idris Elba’s Staker Pentecost. Though the film picks up ten years since the events of the first, meaning Staker has been dead for a decade, Boyega told CinemaBlend that Elba’s performance was used as a reference point:

“Jake is obviously significantly different because of the way he was written, and the stuff that he’s gone through. I think we all are, to a certain extent, basically shaped by our experiences. Jake’s experiences have been kind of rough, and it’s taught him this independence that’s kind of selfish. So to embody that, but also have transitioned to someone who is like his dad. I wanted him to feel like, ‘You’re your daddy’s boy! That is your dad.’ I wanted that to come out as well, so Idris Elba’s performance was very, very important.”

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The trailer does make it obvious that Boyega is going for an Elba impression, or at least something very close. I just fear his speech won’t be able to live up to his father’s… just as the former President’s speech in Independence Day: Reassurance left a lot to be desired in comparison to his classic Independence Day speech.

In fact… Pacific Rim UprisingIndependence Day: Resurgence… we may have a problem here, now that I think about it.

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Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters on March 23, 2018.

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SOURCE: CinemaBlend

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