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A terminally ill cancer patient was invited to a private screening of the new “Star Trek” film after director J.J. Abrams heard of his situation.The 41-year-old New Yorker, identified as ‘Dan’, has just weeks left to live. One of his final wishes was to see Star Trek Into Darkness, which is due to be released in the US in May.
Dan had tickets to see a nine-minute extended preview of the film, which was being shown at selected Hobbit screenings. However, his condition caused him to be hospitalized and he was unable to see the trailer.
So his friend took to the internet – more specifically the forum website Reddit – asking for other users to share his request that Dan could see the film in “an amazing act of generosity and kindness” on Christmas Day.
The post quickly spread through social media, with people offering up contacts within Paramount Pictures, who are making the film. Within two days Grady Hendrix, another friend, posted on Reddit to say that Dan’s wife had been left a message by J.J. Abrams. The director said he would try to arrange a screening of the film for Dan.
Hendrix posted again on 29 December to say that Dan had seen a private screening of the near-complete film and ‘loved it.’
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