Hollywood premiere of Spare Parts held here in Arizona

Posted: Updated:
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Hollywood premiere is taking place in Arizona on Tuesday. But before the red carpet is rolled out, the students at Carl Hayden High School got a free sneak peek at the movie, which is based on some students from their school.

The movie is called Spare Parts and it stars comedian George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei.

It’s based on a true story about four Hispanic students from Carl Hayden, who are here illegally. The students belong to one of the state's only robotics club, under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez.

With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this ragtag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.

On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot, but they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

We caught up with the real-life Fredi.

“We were just having fun. We were doing science! We never imagined it would be a movie. Keep wondering if this is a dream; I keep expecting to wake up any minute,” said Faridodin (Fredi) Lajvardi.

Tuesday, the robotics club at Carl Hayden has around 50 kids. It had to be divided up so the kids could learn better.

“The attention we're getting from the media is really helping out our club,” said Jack Gray, a sophomore in the robotics club.

Gray and his club members got front row seats in their auditorium for a special showing of 'Spare Parts' before it debuted on the big screen.

“This team actually came to my school and mentored m,e and when I heard about their story, I thought this was really cool. So when I came to one of the events at the school, I walked around and thought it was really cool, so I ended up coming to this high school,” said Gray.

The big movie premiere is being held Tuesday at the Harkins Theaters at Tempe Marketplace. The red carpet event starts at 5:00 p.m., and the movie starts at 6:20.

Spare Parts is rated PG-13.