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Nearly 40 years later, a new goof was found in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. But it wasn’t the first. Here are five goofs from the original movies.
Turns out, The Empire Strikes Back features a piece of the “Empire State.”And it had been hiding in plain sight since the movie was released in 1980.
Pablo Hidalgo — a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group — made the discovery.
“I’ve noted this before, but every time I watch a Star Wars movie, there’s something new to notice,” he tweeted. “Especially if I’m fortunate to catch it on the big screen. This latest discovery? that ‘NEW YORK’ is visible on the bottom of Luke’s lightsaber in EMPIRE.”
A close-up of the bottom of the lightsaber is visible during the scene when Luke is trapped https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=uqSM_I5q-cA&app=desktop
Hidalgo’s tweet drew reactions from all corners of the Star Wars universe.
The lightsaber was built from a camera flash holder by Graflex, a company that was founded in New York City in 1887 and later moved to Rochester after being acquired by George Eastman, according to Hidalgo.
All these decades later, the lightsaber revelation is the latest goof or error in the original Star Wars movies. Here are four other famous ones.