John Boyega admits his script was the one which ended up on eBay after he left it under his bed.
In this age of instant news and constant connection, there are precautions one must take to protect themselves from the voracious nature of social media. Show business is one of the professions affected most by the rise of the internet and social media, capturing the attention of the people.
The constant need for more information on the production of a movie or TV show leads to many leaks on social media platforms. This is why nowadays most of the shows and films hire people to make sure the trade secrets remain a secret till the time the movie arrives in the theatre.
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But sometimes multiple layers of safeguards are not enough to prevent the leakage of information, and this is what happened to the script of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.' The actors and actresses were provided with their scripts for the movie, and they were allowed to take it with them.
Well, one of the actors took the script to their home, and after reading it, put it under the bed, which they forgot to grab when moving the house. So, a cleaner enters the room after it is vacated and takes the script, and it ends up on eBay for a price of $75. People at Disney were vigilant, and they found the script in time to buy it before anyone else could, crisis averted.
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The director of the movie, J.J. Abrams, came out during the promotion of the film and talked about the leaked script. He said, “One of our actors, I won't say which one — I want to, but I won't — left it under their bed, and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place. It was given to someone else who then went to sell it on eBay. And someone at the company said, 'You know, there's a script that looks like it's a legit script that's for sale on eBay.'”
We thought it would be the end of the story, but then John Boyega arrived on the ABC show Good Morning America where he admitted to being the person who left the script behind. The Finn actor said, “Let me tell you how this one went down. What had happened was… I was moving apartments, and I left the script under my bed. I was just like, you know what, 'I'll leave it under my bed.”
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“'When I wake up in the morning, I'll take it and move it,' but my boys came over and, you know, we started partying a little bit and then the script just – it just stayed there,” the actor continued. “Then a few weeks after, you know, a cleaner comes in, finds the script, and then puts it on eBay for like £65. So the person didn't know the true value,” the actor finished.
John Boyega also joked about the situation, saying the director should get over the script debacle. They can laugh now because the team dodged a bullet on the entire situation, but even if the script would’ve fallen into someone else’s hand, they still wouldn’t have been able to determine the ending of the movie considering the director shot multiple different ones so as to deter leaks.
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