Star Wars fans out in force

Ngaio (left) and Kiriana Davidson-Duell with Star Wars storm trooper Warren Goodwin during the Star Wars Marathon at the Rialto in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.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.

-john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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