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JJ Abrams Bought Pizza For 1500 Star Wars Fans Last Night As An Awesome Thank You

Star Wars fans are either the most faithful and endearingly enthusiastic people on the planet or the most fanatically insane individuals ever conceived. Loads of fans have been gladly waiting in line for nearly 30 hours in the hopes of getting into Star Wars Celebration. The self-inflicted plight of those 1500 fans corralled into waiting in a basement seems to have warmed the heart of franchise overlord J.J. Abrams, so he sent pizza…for all 1500 people.

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Yes, it seems that in addition to shaky cam shots and lens flare, J.J. Abrams can add another attribute to his repertoire as a filmmaker: Empathy. Social media posts, notably from Slash Film, began to blow up late last night with reports and images showing fans waiting in a ludicrously long line at the Anaheim Convention Center for Star Wars Celebration. It had to be something that simultaneously evoked emotions of flattery for the enthusiasm for his craft and sadness that people have subjected themselves to this nerdy basement Woodstock. Thus, in a gesture of good-guy-ism, Abrams had pizzas sent to the entire crowd, something that required some organizational skills. Apparently, the pizzas were brought in increments of 25 and fans were instructed to take a slice and pass the box around.

Of course, the proverbial carrot being dangled in front of these fans is the (new) hope that they’ll be able to get into the show early enough to experience things firsthand, like the unveiling of a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars Celebration kicks off this morning in Anaheim, CA, and we’re all anxiously awaiting the potential treasure trove of reveals that are sure to come our way in today’s presentations. However, for a certain segment of the fan population, this was a destination to be attended at any cost. Fans supposedly started showing up Wednesday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time in the hopes of getting admitted to what will surely be a potent pile of previews. By midnight, people were moved into the basement of the Anaheim Convention Center, and the line, at that point, had surged to an estimated 1500 people. That says a lot about Star Wars and its fans.

For J.J. Abrams, the sight of fans putting on rabid displays of passion such as this might have driven home the pressure that he’s publically expressed feeling regarding expectations for his takeover of this ever-growing super franchise. In the case of a property so ubiquitous on a global scale, those expectations are only magnified when pondering the possibility that those 1500 fans chomping on pizza on Abrams’ dime may be just a microcosm of the broader moviegoing audience who’ll be judging his work when The Force Awakens hits on December 18. Really, would you want to disappoint people who waited 30 hours just for a preview of your movie?