There is nothing more frustrating than a lit smartphone distracting you during a movie in a darkened theater, especially at a screening for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.
Crowds flocked to theaters to catch the final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy when it opened during the week of Christmas.
Although the J. J. Abrams-helmed production received mixed reviews, it still grossed over $377 million so far, and people lined up to see their favorite characters on the silver screen for one last time (that we know of).
One thing is certain, the force is strong with diehard Star Wars fans, and they will not let anything ruin it for them.
This is what happens when you give in to the dark side.
Cinema Patron Loses His Patience Over Phone || ViralHog youtu.be
Joe Bond and his wife went to the 7:30 p.m. screening and found himself in the crosshairs of the irate Star Wars super fan, seen in the clip above, when he pulled out his cellphone.
Bond knew something was off when he first spotted the irate moviegoer, who had "aggressively" asked to find his seat.
With the exception of an emergency, audience members should abide by the protocol of turning off their cellphones during the movie.
Bond told Global News that one audience member foolishly tried to film the opening credits of the movie on his phone and immediately experienced the wrath of the cantankerous super fan.
Soon after the movie started, a man screamed at his neighbor and allegedly punched him in the face for daring to ch… https://t.co/JUOj1IH8U7— DC⚡️101 (@DC⚡️101)1577722956.0
But then, Bond felt the phone vibrating in his pocket.
He and his wife were on a rare night out after the birth of their second child. As a father, his instinct was to check his phone in case the babysitter was trying to reach him.
"I thought I was getting a phone call from our baby sitter."
"It was the first time my wife and I had been on a date with both our kids being looked after, so I pulled out my phone really discreetly to see if it was the baby sitter calling. It wasn't, so I put it back."
Unfortunately, the unidentified super fan saw this and became furious.
Bond said the angry man "just kind of lost it" and brought his fist to Bond's face at light speed.
"I told him to calm down, and he didn't calm down, and then he hit me in the face."
"There was a lot of people filming the situation because it was pretty hilarious."
It became such a disruption, employees had to stop the movie to escort the outraged patron out of the theater.
The house lights came on as the audience boo'd at the man and chanted, "out, out, out."
He berated his hecklers by declaring his passion for Star Wars.
"I am a real 'Star Wars' fan!"
He continued screaming and waved his cellphone to emphasize a point.
"Turn your phones off! Turn your phones off!" Use your f - - king heads! Welcome to the 21st century! I waited a goddamned year to see this so some a - - hole can turn his phone on next to me?!"
Footage of his tantrum spilled over to the internet, courtesy of a video posted by Viral Hog.
Nerd culture rots the mind. https://t.co/SIKMPmDiBZ— Squatting Neville (@Squatting Neville)1577896563.0
the biggest douche of 2019??? https://t.co/Yvs8WmkMGF— ◯Oo (@◯Oo)1577854498.0
Scotia Bank spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange wrote in an emailed statement:
"Luckily, the Force was strong with the cineplex team who ended up rewinding the film for the remaining guests."
"They got a round of applause out of appreciation from the fans!"
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Rise of Skywalker received a score of 57%, while fans rated the final installment in the franchise higher with an 86% rating.
Much like the mixed critical reviews, people were divided over the events that unfolded at the screening in Vancouver, with some vouching for the super fan's meltdown and others, not so much.
Brave man. Why would they argue with him? I must have missed something. https://t.co/xr5mSdWOMl via @YouTube— Slàinte ☘️ (@Slàinte ☘️)1577881104.0
While distractions during a screening of a highly-anticipated film is frustrating, no one deserves a punch to the face.