Mark Hamill has voiced his support for a superfan who posted an emotional video reaction to the latest Star Wars teaser trailer online.
Eric Butts shared a video of himself crying whilst watching the latest trailer for The Rise Of Skywalker, something which later promoted a torrent of social media negativity.
Speaking to the BBC, Butts, who regularly shares “reaction videos” on YouTube, said: “It started blowing up in a very negative way. I was getting very horrible stuff sent to me.”
The negative comments were later spotted by Mark Hamill who voiced his support for the super fan online.
Posting on Twitter, Hamill wrote: “why anyone would ridicule someone so passionate & clearly enjoying what he’s seeing is beyond me.”
He later added: “Thanks for sharing your amazing reaction to the trailer. It was inspiring to see you transported with joy in anticipation of IX. Makes what we do seem all the more worthwhile…I salute your, sir.”
Why anyone would ridicule someone so passionate & clearly enjoying what he's seeing is beyond me. #UPFsAreTheBestFans 👍
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 15, 2019
Hi Eric- Thanks for sharing your amazing reaction to the trailer. It was inspiring to see you transported with joy in anticipation of IX. Makes what we do seem all the more worthwhile.
All the best, Mar🐫
PS: I salute you, sir: pic.twitter.com/7xOEVm3iju
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 16, 2019
Butts said the support from Hamill has resulted in a wave of positive feedback. He said: “I was getting this outpouring of support…far outweighing the trolls.”
He continued: “When Mark Hamill tweeted me, my hands started shaking. Star Wars has been such a huge deal in my life from my childhood onwards.
I joked that I started crying again, but I did. The character he portrayed was such an influence on me.”
— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) April 12, 2019
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