‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Extra Talks About Infamous Onscreen Blunder

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope featured a funny goof where a Stormtrooper actor bonked his head on a door. Now, the actor behind the mask talks.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Thunk A New Hope
Eagle-eyed fans of Star Wars know that an onscreen goof made it into the movie – a background Stormtrooper accidentally hitting hit head against a rising door, something that was made more apparent with the later Special Edition revisions of the film (as those added an audible “THUNK!” sound effect to the scene). Now, 40 years after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Hollywood Reporter managed to get an interview with the extra who played that very Stormtrooper.

If you need a refresher on what this goof looked like, look no further than below:

As it turns out, the actor who played the clumsy Stormtrooper (Laurie Goode) had something else on his mind than a set door: his stomach. And not in a good way, because he was feeling sick:

“On the second day of filming, I developed an upset stomach. By midmorning 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 [the] 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.”

The scene was shot four different times, and he was actually quite surprised that that particular take made it into the movie.

“Believing I probably wasn’t in frame, I expected it to end up on the cutting-room floor. But when I did see it in the cinema, I thought: “OMG, that’s me!” I’ve been telling people the story ever since it occurred.”

There’s a bit of a dispute as to which actor played the Stormtrooper that bonked his head in A New Hope, as the late Michael Leader has also taken the dubious honor. Goode decided to make his case by writing a song about the affair. But in any case, it’s amusing to see so much interest surround a simple mistake.

Star Wars: A New Hope is 40 years old today, and can be viewed on a number of different formats. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter