OK, so technically it was just one Transformer (which couldn’t actually transform).
Those of you familiar with Transformers movies will know that the leader of the good guys is a hulking heavyweight robot called Optimus Prime. Now things like that tend to stand out, so when he’s trying to be inconspicuous, Optimus transforms himself in to a sleek and shiny (but still pretty heavyweight) truck.
Back in November last year, the actual Optimus Prime truck used in the last installment of the Transformers movies, Transformers: Age of Extinction, drove all the way from Alabama to Ontario. Its various stops in Brant County allowed fans of the films (like me!) to meet a real life movie star!
Yet there was a serious reason behind the visit. The truck was in Brant to pay tribute to 7-year-old Evan Leversage, who was battling with terminal brain cancer at the time. Unfortunately, Evan was too ill to see Optimus in person, but his brothers enjoyed the juggernaut on his behalf, and Evan’s schoolmates made a video for him in front of the truck.
Sadly, Evan died less than a month later, but not before his entire village celebrated Christmas early for him. And although I never met Evan, I know I’ll always remember him whenever I watch a Transformers movie, and see Optimus Prime’s truck.
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