A Mockumentary Has Been Made About Star Wars' Most Famous Blooper
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a stormtrooper smashed their head on a door in the Death Star - and people have been wanting to know who it was ever since.
The scene occurs in Star Wars: A New Hope and has become a cult moment for Warsies (that's what Star Wars fans call themselves apparently). Now, a filmmaker has taken it upon himself to make a mockumentary about the blunder, entitled The Empire Strikes Door.
The film will see Jamie Stangroom investigate just who exactly was wearing that stormtrooper outfit, with numerous people laying claim to the famous outtake.
A trailer shows Stangroom visiting a lie detector centre and speaking to the likes of Kevin Smith and (inexplicably) Noel Gallagher. While Stangroom admitted that for him it was all a bit tongue in cheek, he said that for those claiming to be the clumsy stormtrooper, it was no laughing matter.
Speaking to SYFY WIRE, he said: "I was also surprised by how much the 'suspects' I met believed it was them.
"I'm sure there was a lot of head-banging going on, but these guys were adamant it happened to them in that particular scene... to the point where I have two of them sitting on a hotel bed arguing about it. Of course, I'm having fun with it, but they are taking it all, understandably, so seriously."
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In order to delve further into how such a mishap could happen, Stangroom also tried on one of the outfits - and soon realised how unwieldy they are.
He said: "I went to the factory where they made the original outfits and got to wear one myself; I was surprised by how hard they are to see out of and even move around in.
"You hear it all the time, but until you wear one, you can't appreciate how hard they must have been to perform in. I also spoke to some stormtroopers from the sequel trilogy, and it sounds like the newer outfits were no better, although they were given military training by someone from the British army. By all accounts the original guys got no training and barely had to audition."
By the sounds of it then, it was quite understandable that whoever it was managed to lamp their head in the daft costume. What really is inexcusable though is using that take in the final cut, so really it is George Lucas who should be credited with the blooper.
Or maybe it wasn't a mistake at all and Lucas was trying to demonstrate that while the film may be utter fiction, people and stormtroopers alike can still t**t their heads on stuff in this galaxy far, far away?
All will be revealed (hopefully) when The Empire Strikes Door comes out on 25 September.
Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox
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