Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a known geek, with a particular love for the science fiction franchises Star Trek and Star Wars. In fact, when he was only 11, he offered a brief review of Return of the Jedi following its premiere in Ottawa.https://youtu.be/XqjQ6gqgi0w?t=45
Before we get too harsh on young Trudeau for his affection for Return of the Jedi, let's remember that he was 11. Over time, his opinion changed:https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/676551289438781440
During his campaign, he came across the R2-D2 jet in Vancouver and reacted with complete excitement.https://twitter.com/althiaraj/status/655857973663629312
Trudeau was overheard asking "why can't I have one of those?" in jest, and later posed for a picture "with" the plane.https://twitter.com/AdamScotti/status/655859243459829761
Even his children are being raised as Star Wars fans. On election night, CBC snapped a picture of the family watching the results come in. Both of his sons were entertaining themselves by playing with lightsabers.
Trudeau and his wife even themed their Halloween costumes this year, with the Prime Minister dressing up as Han Solo and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau dressing as Princess Leia, both in the costumes from his favourite film (as an adult, that is), The Empire Strikes Back.
Knowing what a huge fan Trudeau is, Disney offered him the first invitation for the Canadian premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Trudeau took them up on that offer, and brought along 20 patients from Ottawa's Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Ranging in age from 8 to 17, the children were thrilled to go and the hospital was "quite excited to get the call". Director of Communications for the CHEO Foundation, Len Hanes, confirmed that the call came from the Prime Minister's office directly.
Trudeau shared a photo from the screening on Twitter, saying that the film was "amazing!" The movie was shown at the Cineplex Cinemas VIP movie theatre, which is relatively close to the children's hospital.https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/676961853046693888
The outing wasn't publicized in advance of the screening, and the only confirmation from the Prime Minister's office regarding his invitation to CHEO was that the it was entirely his decision. His own children, likely too young for that type of screening, were not present.
Trudeau participated in a question and answer session on Wednesday, where he continued to gush about the film. One audience member asked him what his thoughts on the film were, and he responded by saying it was "so good". Trudeau continued to discuss the impact Star Wars has:
Like everyone of my generation, or everyone I knew of my generation - maybe I just hung out with geeks - it was a life-changing movie and I am very confident that this new iteration of it is going to make everybody very, very happy.
If early reviews, such as the one offered by Trudeau are any indication, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to delight a whole new generation of fans. It was such a kind move by the Prime Minister to ensure that at least some of the Star Wars fans who are still in hospital get to experience the thrill of seeing it on the big screen.