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Routh recalls first ‘Star Wars’ memory

Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is sporting the suit that lets him become The Atom.
Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is sporting the suit that lets him become The Atom. Cate Cameron/The CW

Brandon Routh knows what it’s like to be associated with TV and film projects that have had an impact on viewers. He took on the icon role of the Man of Steel in the 2006 offering “Superman Returns.”

Comic book fans were happy when he showed up on “The Flash” and “Arrow” to play Ray Palmer who is also the super hero known as The Atom. He’ll reprise that role early next year when the CW Network adds “Legends of Tomorrow” to the schedule.

Routh, like so many others, remembers what it was like to see a “Star Wars” movie for the first time. He wasn’t born when the first “Star Wars” film originally was released which explains why his first memories are of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

“I’m remembering see stuff on Hoth when I saw the movie with my uncle when I was 6,” Routh says. “I had seen the movie before — I think. But, I vividly remember sitting in his armchair as it was playing on TV.

“It was a magical experience.”

Routh adds that he had a friend who had all of the toys so everyone would go to his house.

As for the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” Routh says he’s really excited about seeing the next installment in the franchise.

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