Terra Bella farmer operates R2-D2 at 'The Force Awakens' world premiere

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Tulare County orange farmer was at this weeks world premiere of "The Force Awakens" in Hollywood operating R2-D2.

Michael McMaster was one of the people in the background making sure R2-D2 operated perfectly.

McMaster lives in Terra Bella. He works for Lucasfilm building and operating droids. McMaster said he had fun at the premiere, but because he was working, he didn't get to watch the movie.

"This was the first time all of the cast and crew were together in one place... So many of the actors had never even met. So it was kinda (sic) fun to be back stage with everybody, and just be a fly on the wall and enjoy all of that," said Michael McMaster via Skype.

McMaster says used his droid building hobby to supplement his income as an orange farmer after the drought killed his crop. He is now an employee of Lucasfilm and travels the world to attend Star Wars related events.




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