J.J. Abrams granted many terminally ill fans their wish of getting to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it was officially released.
The director grew emotional as he discussed the tragic loss of those people at the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday, held at his Bad Robot studios.
“He was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie,” he told LAgoss.com of Daniel Fleetwood, who died five days after watching the film.
“It was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could – and we couldn’t get everyone of course – got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished.
“So there were a couple of people from the editorial department that we sent throughout the country to go to the homes of the people who were ill to show them the movie.”
It was a very personal experience for Abrams too – and an extremely difficult one.
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“Some were children, and some were adults, and I spoke with almost all of them before and after they saw the movie,” he said.
“It was incredibly meaningful to all of us working on the movie that it meant so much to other people at a point where they were literally in their last weeks and even days, that that’s what the cared about.”
The director added: “So it was a great reminder, and very humbling, and of course I hated that they passed away, but it was meaningful to all of us that we could do something to help them.”