New World Record: Watching 57 Movies in 123 Hours Non-Stop!
Suresh Joachim and Claudia Wavra emerged victorious earlier this week from the Netflix World Movie Watching Championships. These two watched a total of 57 movies continuously for 123 hours and 10 minutes, setting the new Guinness World Record for most consecutive hours spent watching movies. Think it's a fan's dream to be able to watch so many movies? Think again! To give you an idea of how insanely grueling this was, they spent five days straight in a plexi-glass box in the middle of Times Square in New York City watching movies non-stop. Joachim is actually an endurance world-champion who holds 32 other world records, including 100 straight hours of dancing. Damn impressive, I must say!
I guess the reason why I wanted to mention this is because I thought I used to be one of those crazy endurance guys who could watch movies endlessly, but I'm nothing compared to these guys. It's less the idea of watching 57 movies that scares me about this, and more that they had to stay awake (sitting in this plexi-glass box) for 123 hours - which equals about 5 days. According to the rules, "competitors could not divert their eyes from the screen, but were allowed 10-minute breaks between movies." The event kicked off with Iron Man and ended with Thelma & Louise, which was personally delivered by Susan Sarandon.
On top of all of that, "each movie had to be viewed until the last credit rolled. The participants were closely monitored by judges and medical professionals who checked their vital signs on a regular basis to ensure they could safely endure the challenge." I know this isn't related to the theatrical experience, but I'm just in awe at this and thought it'd be one of the coolest things we could mention all week. If you love movies as much as I do, just take a moment to think about how many of them you watch in a month. Would you ever consider some sort of movie watching marathon like this? A complete list of movies that they watched can be found at MyFoxNY. I've also included a few more photos of the winners below.