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Today is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope's release, marking the first time that the Star Wars franchise delighted audiences. To celebrate, all sorts of new tidbits about the property are being released, to the joy of the the generations of fans. One of the most accidentally hilarious (and therefore viral) moments from A New Hope show a Stormtrooper accidentally forgetting to duck in a doorway, and hitting his head awkwardly. For some reason, the editors still included this take in the film, and now we know exactly what was happening in that particular extra's head.
On the second day of filming, I developed an upset stomach. By mid-morning I had paid three-to-four visits to the loo/bathroom. Having re-dressed myself and returned to the set, I felt the need to rush back to the gents' toilets, but I was placed in shot. On about the fourth take, as I shuffled along, I felt my stomach rumbling, and 'bang', I hit my head! As I wasn't moving too fast it was more of a scuffed bash, so it didn't hurt, but as no-one shouted 'cut' I thought the shot wasn't wide enough for me to be in frame.
Well, this is a perfectly practical reason for messing up a take. Those Stormtrooper helmets are presumably pretty difficult to see out of, so combined with Laurie Goode's stomach issues a snafu occurred. The real question is, who the hell let that take make the final film?
For those of you who don't remember the infamous Stormtrooper scene (how could you?!), you can get a refresher below.
How deliciously awkward is that? I could watch it on repeat, to be honest.
While it seems odd that the editors of A New Hope let such a weird take into the film, there's no way they could have realized just how iconic and beloved the film would be. If they knew that entire generations would be brought up on Luke Skywalker's OG journey, they might have been a bit more detail oriented. Because as Laurie Goode tells it, this was actually the third or fourth take for the shot; they had plenty in the can.
In fact, the Stormtrooper head bump isn't the only awkward shot in A New Hope. Another scene between Darth Vader and General Veers shows the Sith Lord nearly hitting his underling in the head with his helmet. It's always been one of my favorite scenes, check it out (with a hilarious new line added)
Hey, the Star Wars franchise was still in its infancy. Some weird moments were bound to occur. Empire Strikes Back has that incestuous kiss in it, which basically trumps any head hitting or weird takes.
The next trip into the galaxy far, far away is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Rian Johnson helmed film will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017.