OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a self-confessed “Star Wars” geek and says fans are going to be very happy about the latest incarnation of the saga, which he saw on the evening of Dec. 15.
At a Maclean’s magazine-sponsored, town-hall-style meeting at the National Arts Centre the following day, the PM faced a question from an eight-year-old in the audience.
“Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as good as Harrison Ford says it is?” asked the youngster, identified only as Isaac.
Trudeau was taken aback for a moment and chuckled.
“I don’t know what Harrison Ford said about it, but I can tell you it is as good as I had hoped it was,” he said.
“I was your age when I first saw ‘Star Wars’ and 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.”
Earlier, when it was mentioned that he had seen the film with a group of children, he reacted with a smile.
“Everyone in the room is going, ‘He actually saw Star Wars!’ You guys just dropped that,” he said, offering a heartfelt endorsement.
“I can’t tell you what happened, but oh, it’s so good. And see it early before anyone else spoils it for you. See it as soon as you can. It’s so good.”
Trudeau invited kids from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to join him at the show.