Know that in the video game community, Cawthon is a major celebrity. “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is a massive, massive phenomenon, and Cawthon’s has become a household name. Cawthon reports going to a nearby theater during a 2 p.m. Thursday matinee in the film’s opening week … and being recognized by a super-fan. He wrote:
“[J]ust before the movie started a teenage boyfriend and girlfriend walked in; the girlfriend was dressed as Toy Chica, and they sat right next to me. She was obviously a super-fan (him not so much), and I heard her say as she walked in,’What if Scott Cawthon was in here?’ A few seconds later after they sat down, I heard her whisper, ‘That kind of looks like Scott Cawthon,’ gesturing to me. He glanced over at me then whispered back to her, ‘Dear, he’s old.’ To that I say, two things can be true at the same time.”
Toy Chica is the animatronic killer shaped like a chick. The fans, however, didn’t seem to want to talk to Cawthon and he reported no interactions with them. Indeed, in another theater, Cawthon reports being surrounded by a small group of superfans in costumes … before they got up and moved to a different part of the theater. It’s unclear if that group recognized Cawthon or not. “I swear I put on deodorant,” Cawton wrote, “maybe not enough?”
Cawthon attended several screenings throughout the weekend, hoping to get a good reaction or fan story. One was a little odd.