Monday 23 April 2018

'I'll be fired - I've nothing else on my mind!' - Irish Star Wars fanatic wins private midnight The Force Awakens screening

James Twomey with original Darth Vader David Prowse
James Twomey with original Darth Vader David Prowse
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

One of Ireland's most fervent Star Wars fans has won the coveted prize of a private midnight screening of JJ Abrams new film, The Force Awakens.

James Twohey (41) from Cork is a 'huge, huge, huge, huge fan' of the sci-fi series ever since he saw Return of the Jedi on the big screen in 1983.

"I was nine at the time and they wouldn't let me in because I was too young," he says.

"It was over 12s and I had my older brother and his friend with me and they left me outside the Capitol cinema!  But the lady behind me brought me in with her kids."

James Twomey
James Twomey

That woman had no idea how much of an impact her gesture would have on James.  He says, "I'll be honest it's my childhood, right up to adulthood!  I just love it.  It's pure escapism and it takes me back.  I find it very calming. I've seen the movies a million and one times."

He's even a fan of the prequels, "I love them all.  As a fan you take them all together."

James won the private screening at Omniplex Rathmines at midnight on Wednesday night for himself and 22 lucky friends and family.  The prize is courtesy of Breakfast Republic on 2FM - they were massively impressed with his Yoda impression.

However, not all of his guests are able to make it to Dublin for the screening - his brother has even considered quitting his job in order to make the trip!

"My brothers are all big Star Wars fans but they’re kicking themselves because they can’t get off work," says James.

"One is a postman and he’s thinking of just packing in his job!  I’m like, ‘Don’t do it!’.  I’ve had a hundred phone calls from him asking, ‘But what will I do?’."

James is beyond excited at the prospect of seeing the first new Star Wars film in ten years.

"You have no idea.  At work the last two days I’ve made more mistakes – I’ll probably be fired!  I’ve nothing else on my mind," he laughs.

He has no fears the film will disappoint.  "Not a hope in hell!" he declares, "It's going to be epic!"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens first review: 'quite simply a masterpiece - and Skellig Michael looks epic on film' 

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