Just when you thought everyone in Hollywood was completely cold-hearted and self-centered, along comes a story like this to warm all of our cynical, jaded hearts.
Yahoo! tells about Daniel, a lifelong Star Trek fan diagnosed with two forms of cancer who went with his wife to the opening weekend of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the hopes of seeing the nine minute “Star Trek Into Darkness” preview that was supposed to be playing at some theaters. It wasn’t at the theater they went to, though, so they came away disappointed. Soon after, Daniel’s doctors told him he only had a few weeks to live.
The story about his missing the preview and terminal diagnosis began to buzz around the Internet, eventually making its way to “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams. The director invited them to see the preview, but then surprised them by showing the whole movie. Daniel’s wife talked about it in an update to the original story that was posted on Reddit:
“Hi everyone, it’s Daniel’s wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture…We were so touched when [Abrams] was concerned that we wouldn’t 100% enjoy the screening as it’s still being worked on……. Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!
This is a story of us giving something to him, the ‘internet’ community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course JJAbrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind.
Abrams is known to tend towars super secretiveness so this strikes me as an especially kind gesture, one that pushed him out of his usual habits.
Good job, Mr. Abrams. I think Gene Roddenberry would be very proud.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” will be released on May 17th.
(P.S. I will be so depressed about humanity if this turns out to be a hoax.)