Boy Fighting Cancer Gets Message From Peter Jackson At 'LOTR' Screening
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A boy fighting cancer and his best mate crossed off an ultimate bucket list experience when they sat down to a back-to-back screening of the Lord of the Rings trilogy - which came complete with a personal introduction from director Peter Jackson.
Dillon, whose friend, Chris, has cancer, posted on Reddit about the amazing moment: "Peter Jackson found out about my best friend's cancer and the fact that watching LOTR (in one sitting) was on his bucket list. He made a video for us to start the movies with."
In the video, the dude introducing the screening - Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns, another person on the boys' bucket list - explains that the theatrical cuts shown together would equate to 11 or 12 hours.
He added: "We had a friend who also wanted to come today. He couldn't be here because of timing constraints, but he wanted to send you a very special video message nonetheless."
It's then that, incredibly, Jackson's face pops up on the screen,
"Hello Chris, this is Peter Jackson sending you some well wishes from New Zealand," said the famous LOTR director.
"I understand that the guys - Burnie and your friend - managed to arrange this to surprise you.
"I gotta say you're doing something that I've never done. I've never had the courage to watch all three Lord of the Rings movies, so I'll be very interested to hear what you think of it."
He tells them to enjoy the films, adding: "And try not to fall asleep!"
"I was not prepared for that," Chris says in the clip. "Thank you."
The experience was part of Dillon and Chris' project, My Best Friend, which they bill as 'our journey to document, experience, and inspire all of the amazing things that make life worth living'.
On the website, Dillion explains that Chris - who was in remission from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia - called him one day and told him that the cancer had returned.
"In late October, Chris called and told me his cancer was returning," he writes.
"He said 'I'm afraid I won't be able to experience the things I want to in life'.
"I decided to drop out of college to spend time experiencing our bucket list together."
Other things on the bucket list include '100% achievements on Call of Duty 4', 'Break a world record', 'Try the world's hottest pepper', 'Lift weights with The Rock', 'Backpack through Europe' and 'Help a homeless man get a job'.