Just days after J.J. Abrams granted his request to see a rough cut of Star Trek Into Darkness, Daniel Craft passed away. Craft was diagnosed with terminal cancer six weeks ago; his wife and friend posted his plea to see the film on Reddit, which was passed around until it reached director J.J. Abrams' attention. From The Hollywood Reporter:
"A day or so after the thread began, Paige, Dan's wife, got a voicemail from JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof that was very nice and very straightforward: a producer for the movie would get in touch with them," friend Grady Hendrix wrote in a follow-up post on Reddit. "The next day, one of the film's producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast."
"J.J. Abrams and the producer who came to give them the early cut told Paige and Dan, 'Please don't judge this — it's very rough, but we wanted you to see what we had,'" Hendrix told The Hollywood Reporter. "Of course, he loved the film. It was the last thing he got to do before he passed away."
After watching the film, Craft went back to bed and didn't get out again. His wife took him to the hospital for hospice care on Friday, and at 10:15 pm, with his wife and his brother by his side, Dan died. He was 41.
What? No, I just have a little something in my eye. Tears, specifically.