A few weeks ago Redditor Grady Hendrix posted a story about his terminally ill friend Daniel Craft, whose dying wish was to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie (or at least the 9-minute preview) before he passed away. Craft was 38-years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia, over the next few years his condition got progressively worse and doctors had given him just a few months to live.
Cue the wonderful powers of the internet to work their magic, a few media outlets reported on the story and director J.J Abrams heard about the man’s dying wish.
To his credit, Abrams arranged a screening of a rough cut of the movie for Craft and his wife, which was no doubt not an easy feat because we all know what Hollywood’s money-machine is like about their products.
It is a heartwarming act, from a director who is usually incredibly secretive about his work. After the screening, Daniel’s wife released a statement saying that the couple had been sworn to secrecy about the content of the movie but were allowed to say that they saw it and that they “enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture.”
She said that Daniel’s story and Abrams moving gesture to allow them to see the movie was a story about giving, of “us giving something to him, the internet community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others.”
All of Daniel’s friends and family knew how much the film buff would appreciate the gesture so there were a lot of people that were pleased by it.
After the screening, Abrams showed his true humility and his overwhelming concern for his fans, by expressing the worry that the Craft’s may not have fully enjoyed the movie because it was still being worked on. The Craft’s however assured Abrams that they enjoyed the movie 110%!
I think this gesture says a hell of a lot about Abrams as a person and he has my utmost respect for going to this effort for one of his fans. Often fame and fortune makes people detached and uncaring, however Abrams proved here that he is still very much in touch with his humanity.
It is with great sadness that we report that on Friday, Daniel Craft lost his battle against Leukemia and passed away at the age of 42. New York’s Asian Film Festival (of which Craft was a longtime supporter) reported the news on their facebook page.
R.I.P Daniel Craft, our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.