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Bai Ling Visits 'Star Wars' Fans
Latest Updated by 2005-04-30 13:41:30

Good things come to those who wait ... in line, even at the wrong theater.


Just ask the dozens of fans who've been camped out for weeks on Hollywood Boulevard, outside the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where previous "Star Wars" movies have played.


The fans expected the new "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" to follow suit. But no. Instead, the film's big Hollywood engagement was booked at a competing theater about a mile away.


Still, the fans stayed put, citing both tradition and a safer neighborhood.


There were more than a few snickers at their expense. But on Wednesday morning, the squatters seemed to get the last laugh following a visit by Asian cinema superstar Bai Ling, who plays Senator Bana Breemu in "Episode III," which opens worldwide on May 19.


The visit was sponsored by Netflix, the online DVD-rental service, which provided those in line with portable DVD players and movies. The company is joining the fans' efforts to raise money for the Starlight children's charity, and is donating $10 for each new subscriber using the code "STARLIGHT" between now and "Episode III'"s release.


"We're here, basically, to give people love and compassion, to support people's dreams and share the dreams through 'Star Wars,'" Ling told Associated Press Television News.


The actress hugged many of the "Star Wars" fans, posed for photos and gave out autographs to all who asked. She said her appearance last weekend at the mammoth "Star Wars" convention in Indianapolis had her all fired up for the franchise.


"People were waiting in lines in the rain in the cold in the snow, just to see ("Star Wars" creator) George Lucas," she reported. "I was moved by how one person's dream can really change the world."


The actress stayed vague about her "Episode III" appearance, but made no secret of her awe over being a part of the "Star Wars" family.


"I feel strange because all the 'Star Wars' characters and George Lucas have sort of reduced the universe," she said. "I just feel very lucky to experience this part of history and a culture phenomenon."


Editor: Yan

By: Source:CRI website
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