John Boyega on his favourite destinations around the world

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Which is your favourite city?

“Tokyo. It feels like a clash between technology, history and culture, and it appeals to my nerdy, anime-loving side. I love the weirdness of the things you can do – dressing up as Super Mario characters, or jumping in a go-kart and riding the streets at night. I remember this weird local light show that made absolutely no sense, but everybody goes and has a great time.”

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Which is your road most travelled?

“I find myself going to Los Angeles a lot, partly for work, but I have a personal life there now, too. When I first went, just after I made Attack the Block, I didn’t get the Hollywood experience, and wasn’t really in the crowd. But through staying in Inglewood and then Compton, I’ve built friendships that are now like family. LA is another place that, to a certain extent, is a mash-up of worlds – from Malibu to West Hollywood, and then up to Topanga. Each area has something different.”

Describe your favourite view

“I love city skylines. I grew up in a tower block, so the skyline felt like the only luxurious thing about where I was at the time. I love looking out over a city during the summer, when you get the mixture of greenery and sunset, but I also love the views of the ocean in the Caribbean or Cuba.”

What do you pack first?

“My PlayStation 4. It has to come, regardless of where I am . I need to be able to do the stuff I normally do at home, even if I then have the option to go for a run on a beach after.”

Describe a childhood holiday memory

“Oh Lord, does it have to be a good one? We actually only went on holiday once as kids because mum and dad couldn’t afford it, but we went to Nigeria. I remember sitting next to my parents on the plane, and my mum put on a movie called Baby Boy starring Tyrese Gibson – about a young African-American guy who’s trying to get his life together. There were a lot of sex scenes and I was like: this isn’t supposed to happen on a plane, where I don’t have the option to leave the room.”

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