JJ Abrams arranges private preview of Star Trek Into Darkness for terminally ill trekkie
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Wednesday 02 January 2013
As Captain James T Kirk once said, “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” Last week, a terminally ill Star Trek fan was granted a dying wish by the film’s director, JJ Abrams: a private screening of the forthcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.
On Christmas Day, a post appeared on the social news website Reddit from a user calling himself “ideeyut”, who was hoping for an “amazing act of generosity and kindness for a friend of mine who is really sick”. Ideeeyut’s 41-year-old friend, identified only as “Dan”, was diagnosed with leukaemia three and a half years ago, the post explained, and had endured a bone marrow transplant, full body radiation treatment and more than three rounds of chemotherapy. Recently, a rare and unrelated vascular tumour had been discovered attacking Dan’s liver.
With just weeks to live, the film buff, who is from New York, wanted nothing more than to see Abrams’ hotly anticipated Star Trek sequel Into Darkness, which is not due out in the US until mid-May.
Despite his deteriorating condition, he planned to boldly go and watch a nine-minute extended preview for the film that was shown before select screenings of The Hobbit, but he was hospitalised and forced to give up his ticket. Ideeyut quoted the man’s wife, who said, “I am his care-giver – I would do anything to help him… WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie.”
Ideeyut then asked his fellow Redditors to help. The story spread quickly via social media, with users hailing on all frequencies: sharing contact details for the film’s studio home, Paramount Pictures, as well as friends and family with connections to the film industry. A mere two days later, another friend of Dan’s posted on the thread to say his wish was being granted by none other than the film’s director. “JJ Abrams just called Dan’s wife and left a message,” revealed Grady Hendrix, a co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival. “He’s going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the nine-minute promo reel. I’ll never say anything bad about JJ Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I’m concerned.”
The following day, a private screening of the near-complete film was organised for Dan, according to a 29 December follow-up post from Hendrix, who wrote: “He got to see it a couple of hours ago and loved it. JJ Abrams is the man. I’m going to buy an extra ticket for Dan when it comes out.” Neither Paramount nor Abrams has commented on their generous act.
The story is one of life imitating art. The 2009 film Fanboys features a group of sci-fi-lovers, who break into George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch to steal a rough cut of Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace to show to their terminally ill friend, who is expected to die of cancer before its release date. One of the film’s subplots involves the Star Wars fans repeatedly clashing with a group of Trekkies.
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Kylie Minogue quits The Voice UK
Review: Half of A Yellow Sun
Arts & Ents blogs
New Banksy art 'Mobile Lovers' removed with crowbar, hoarded in youth club
The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 breaks torrent record as fans watch online
Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 sees fans jubilant over King Joffrey's 'Purple Wedding'
Paul Walker's brothers stand in for actor’s final scenes for Fast & Furious 7 movie
David Cameron: 'Jesus invented the Big Society – I'm just continuing God's work'
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for auction...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 3 Naked yoga: the bare truth - it's already big in the US, and has now landed here
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Scientists warn we've hit 'peak beard': The more people grow facial hair, the less attractive it is