The Force Awakens Cast Were Stock Photo Models
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Much like the original Star Wars, The Force Awakens used mostly unknown actors for its three lead roles, because when you're starting a new franchise, it's best to secure actors that you don't have to pay a whole lot. Their previous credits were sparse; John Boyega (Finn) had a lead role in the indie British sci-fi movie Attack The Block, Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) had a supporting role on Girls, and Daisy Ridley (Rey) only had a handful of television episodes to her name.
You'd think that random television cameos would be the smallest start you can get, but Ridley has the bizarre resume distinction of being the heroine in an interactive video designed to teach people about CPR. It's basically role-playing a driver's education course, with periodic choose-your-own-adventure breaks to allow students to make split-second decisions that will either save a person's life or doom them to die in a cold, concrete tomb while two grown men stare helplessly on like they got lost on their way to Chili's.
Unit9"No, you don't have time to order skillet queso! GO GET HELP!"
Meanwhile, John Boyega spent the early days of his career playing the parts of Student Sitting on Bench, Student Sitting at Computer, and Student Unusually Happy to Be in Line.
Chris Schmidt via PeopleAll of which fall under the umbrella of Student Meeting Diversity Quota.
One Imgur user discovered that a suspiciously Boyega-esque person had shown up in a number of stock photos around the University of Nebraska campus, filling the auspicious role of The Only Black Guy at the University of Nebraska. Boyega later confirmed that it is indeed him in the photos, and that he had used the money he earned from the session to buy new shoes, which is more than any of us have ever received to pose for photographs that we didn't really want to be in.