HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Was that George Lucas camping out on Hollywood Boulevard ahead of the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story?”
The “Star Wars” creator, sadly, was not on hand but rather a big fan of his films, Ric Peralta, whose Twitter nickname is LineLucas, and who sports a similar salt-and-pepper hairstyle, mustache and beard to Lucas.
Upon hearing Thursday morning that he looks a lot like Lucas, Peralta, who was seated in a camping chair holding his daughter Eliza, chuckled.
“Yeah, I get that a lot,” he said.
By day, Peralta is an optician at Focal Point Optometry in Fullerton, according to his LinkedIn page. But he also writes for a blog sharing optical knowledge called – wait for it – Optical Jedi.
His overarching passion, however, is the Star Wars universe. Camping out ahead of “Solo” wasn’t the first time he was spotted on Hollywood Boulevard, waiting for a Star Wars film. He also camped out in December 2017 in anticipation of the opening of “The Last Jedi.”
He’s a member of the group LiningUp.net, which was formed by Star Wars fans that have been lining up outside the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood since 1977.
The “Star Wars” film camp-outs now double as charity events to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.