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Kadeem Hardison hooked on ‘Star Wars’

Disney Channel's "K.C. Undercover" star Kadeem Hardison saw original “Star Wars” multiple times.
Disney Channel's "K.C. Undercover" star Kadeem Hardison saw original “Star Wars” multiple times. Disney Channel

Any conversation these days about entertainment eventually will get around to the upcoming “Star Wars” movie.

During a chat with Kadeem Hardison on the set of his Disney Channel series, “K.C. Undercover,” the topic turned to “The Force Awakens.”

Hardsion was 12 - the perfect age to be impressed by a movie - when “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New hope” opened in 1977. He clearly remembers his first time watching Luke, Leia and Han save the galaxy.

“I saw it at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York,” Hardison says in a hushed voice. Filming is continuing on an upcoming episode of “K.C. Undercover” just a few feet from where the actor is sitting.

“We stood in line for four hours. I think I saw it four days in a row. Every day I went back for the first show.”

Hardison didn’t just go for four days but as soon as one screening finished, he would get back in line to see the movie again. This process went on all day long.

The actor, best known for his work on “A Different World” before becoming the dad/spy on the Disney cable series, had never seen a movie that many times in a theater

“What grabbed me was this was a story about outer space. I don’t remember a lot of fantasies about outer space and lives in outer space that had those dimensions,” Hardison says. “It was about family. The creatures. Everything just came together to make me think that’s what space travel would be like.”

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