By Jesse Byrnes
Ted Cruz: 'Han Solo shot first'
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz-backed candidate wins GOP primary in Colorado Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump camp slating major sports figures for convention: report MORE (R-Texas) put aside Iran, terrorism and gun control to discuss “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “The Avengers” in an unusual interview this week.
"Reruns of Star Trek were great. And I'm very much an original ‘Star Trek’ guy rather than a ‘Next Generation’ guy," Cruz, 45, said during an interview on Geek Tank Radio highlighted by BuzzFeed.
He discussed standing in line as a kid to see an early “Star Wars” film, saying: "I had a full collection of action figures that I carried in my Darth Vader carrying case."
Cruz confessed that he watched the latest “Star Wars” movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," instead of a recent Democratic presidential debate.
"For anyone who grew up idolizing Han Solo as I did as a kid, there is an image in this movie that was traumatic at a level that will be permanently sealed on my mind forever," Cruz said.
"Just for the record, Han Solo shot first," he added before making a point that he "was glad it did not feature Jar Jar Binks.”
Cruz also fielded a question about the Captain America attempting to lift Thor's hammer in the latest “Avengers” movie and any implications for the U.S.
"Maybe at heart George Washington really was a Norse god and we just didn't know it," Cruz quipped.
"I was never a huge Captain America fan in the comic books, and I like him more in the movies than the comic books. I was more of a Spiderman and Wolverine guy," Cruz said.
Cruz also signaled that he is a fan of the rebel Mockingjay symbol from the “Hunger Games” series being incorporated into street art from supporters to advertise his campaign.
"I think it's fabulous," Cruz said.
“We could use a few more Katniss Everdeens in the world to take on what’s wrong with Washington.”