What happens when children walk
into a movie theatre and see one of the most recognisable
''bad guys'' on the planet waving a laser gun about?
For most children entering the Rialto in Dunedin yesterday,
seeing a menacing looking storm trooper (otherwise known as
Warren Goodwin, of Dunedin) left them a little stand-offish,
with some preferring to hide behind their parents' legs.
But not 9-year-old twins Ngaio and Kiriana Davidson-Duell.
The recognition of an opportunity outweighed their fears, and
they ran up and snapped a ''selfie'' with the storm trooper.
''It was quite frightening to see a real-life storm trooper.
They're normally bad guys,'' Kiriana said yesterday.
''But the movies are really cool.''
More than 150 people attended the two-day Star Wars Marathon
at the Rialto during the weekend, to celebrate the global
Star Wars fan holiday - May 4.
The date was chosen because ''May the fourth'' sounds similar
to the series catch-phrase ''May the Force be with you''.
During the marathon, Star Wars: Episode I (The Phantom
Menace), Episode II (Attack of the Clones),
Episode III (Revenge of the Sith), Episode IV (A
New Hope), Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back),
and Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) were screened.