Actors and a sports star are buying out screenings of new move, Love, Simon – and offering members of the public the opportunity to see the movie for free.
Magic Mike star, Matt Bomer kicked things off by offering the opportunity for his Twitter followers to enjoy a free screening of Love, Simon in Spring, Texas. Other celebrities jumped on board soon after.
Matt Bomer and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out a screening of Love, Simon on Sunday 25th March. Taking to Twitter, the actor wrote:
“Please come see @lovesimonmovie in my hometown of Spring, TX for free! @halls.simon and I bought out the whole screening for you. This is an important movie, and a really good one. I know you’ll love it so come watch for free this Sunday!”
Kristen Bell followed suit, buying out a screening in Minneapolis. Speaking via Twitter, she said:
“Love, Simon is a KNOCKOUT. There are so many important stories that don’t get made. I am so grateful this one did. I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie—I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love. Minneapolis, please enjoy a screening of Love, Simon this Sunday on me.”
And then Neil Patrick Harris did the same – this time in Albuquerque.
He said: “So my husband David (@dbelicious) and I enjoyed @lovesimonmovie so much, we wanted to pay it forward. Others are doing this, and I’m so on board. So we bought out a screening at a theatre in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM for this Sunday afternoon,” he wrote. “It’s free, and a great chance to see this wonderful film. Hope you can make it!”
The latest celeb to take part is US football (soccer) player, Sacha Kljestan who has bought out a screening in Orlando for this Thursday. Via Twitter he said: “ORLANDO! My wife and I bought out a showing of @lovesimonmovie for this Thursday. Come watch it with us for free.”
He added: “We saw Love, Simon opening weekend and absolutely loved it. This movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando. XOXO love, Sacha and Jamie.”
So, why are they all doing this? Simple: They really enjoyed the movie and they want other people to enjoy it too.
Earlier I published my thoughts on Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – which is what Love, Simon is based on. To summarise: I adored this book and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
Love, Simon hits UK cinemas April 6th.