For those not familiar with the Apocalypse Now reference – Dennis Hopper plays an American photojournalist who has found himself in war-torn Vietnam and under the spell of the cult-like rogue military leader, Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando). Based on this, it sounds like Bodhi was originally envisioned as a layman who became a fervent “true believer” in the Rebel cause.
We know that Bodhi is a former Imperial pilot who teams up with the Rebels, though his previous job wasn’t as a glamorous fighter. Actor Riz Ahmed previous explained that Bodhi was “not born into the life of a soldier” and that his piloting job is equivalent to that of a blue collar “long-distance truck driver.” While producer Kathleen Kennedy described Bodhi as “a little tense, a little volatile” and “a troublemaker,” it sounds like his place in the group is that of an everyman who has found himself in extreme circumstances.
There’s definitely something interesting about including a character in the party who doesn’t enjoy conflict and isn’t an adventurer at heart but chooses to involve himself because he’s needed. This is likely what Edwards’ means when he says “You’re more like Bodhi.” It sounds like the character works, not because of his charming personality or grand destiny, but because he represents the everyday folks of the world who find themselves out of their element, but still do the right thing.