At this year’s Comic-Con, Star Wars fans were treated to a never-before-seen blooper reel from the original Star Wars, and the clip has just surfaced on the Internet for the rest of the world to enjoy.
The two-minute clip is a fantastic glimpse at some of the fumbles that occurred while creating the biggest film franchise ever. In the footage, we see what appears to be C-3PO trying to scale a sand dune, only to fall to his side (too much sand in those mechanical joints). Also, Stormtroopers cement their reign as the most bungling henchmen in the known universe in a comical sequence featuring the armor-clad soldiers attempting to make their way through a hole in the wall, and tripping and slipping on everything in a ballet of incoordination. It’s almost as if the clip was expressly made to be turned into a GIF in the year 2013. I’m not sure why the Rebel Alliance was all that worried when a waist-high wall was all you needed to stop the Empire in its tracks.
There’s also a scene with Harrison Ford munching on his mic in frustration after fudging one of his lines, and one of Mark Hamill pondering where he should put the emphasis in the word “supernova.” It’s charming to see the clumsy beginnings of the Star Wars saga, a series that is now approaching its 40th anniversary and seventh feature film. This clip goes to show that even the most storied of film franchises can be a little messy at times.