It's Easier to Name 'Star Wars' Politicians Than Real Politicians, Fandango Shows

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The seller of movie tickets hangs out on Hollywood Boulevard prior to Monday night's massive premiere to find a fan who can name a U.S. senator and comes up short.

On the eve of a Republican party presidential debate, Fandango decided to have a little fun discussing politics with fans lining up on Hollywood Boulevard days early to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The online seller of movie tickets sent one of its contributors, Dan Perrault, to TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood ahead of Monday night's premiere to casually quiz diehard fans about their passion. But when he mixed in a little real-life trivia, they were rather embarrassingly thrown completely off their game.

"Name one member of the Star Wars Galactic Senate," Perrault says to a fan who answers the trivia question with ease. Then the same fan is stumped by the follow-up question, which is to name any U.S. senator.

Other fans, all dressed in costumes, easily named members of the fictional Galactic Senate but couldn't come up with one name of an actual U.S. senator.

A two-minute video includes only a handful of interviews with adult fans, but there were several more who didn't make it into the final cut. Fandango declined to say what percentage of those interviewed were stymied by the simple questions about politics.

While the interviews took place over several days — fans have been lined up for a week already, though the film doesn't open until Friday — Fandango didn't post the video until Tuesday, just after the GOP debate began on CNN.