Thomas Jane, who most recently starred in the TV series “Expanse” and the mini-series “Texas Rising,” remembers exactly when he saw his first “Star Wars” movie.
“It was 1977 and I was living in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.,” Jane says during an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour. In 1977, he would have been 8 years old.
Jane continues with, “When my parents took me to see ‘Star Wars’ there was a line around the block. That was a new phenomenon for me.”
The actor went to a lot of movies when he was growing up. But, he had never been to one where there was a long line of people waiting to get into the theater.
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He couldn’t imagine what was happening.
“Sure enough ‘Star Wars’ was happening. People were in line to see it the third, fourth, fifth time. The line was repeat business. No one had seen anything like that before.”
Seeing movies like “Star Wars,” “Alien” and “Jaws” at an impressionable age was one reason he became a actor. It was also seeing the impact movies had on the audiences leaving the theater that helped set his career path.