HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 10: Stormtroopers are seen during the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Stormtrooper bumping his head
A group of Stormtroopers walk through a door in A New Hope, but one of the Stormtroopers — on the right side of the screen — bangs his mask on the top of the door, creating one of the most infamous goofs in movie history.
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Somehow, the mistake made the final cut.
The identity of the head-banging Stormtrooper has never fully been resolved, but two actors, Laurie Goode and Michael Leader, have been most strongly attached to the scene. Goode described the error to Dork Side in 2015.
“On the day, I banged my head (which was on the same set where the incident occurred) I had an upset stomach. I kept going to the loo and, at one point, I had just returned from the toilets when I was put in (the) shot. Having rehearsed the scene, we went for a take. I was ambling along, and felt I needed to rush back to the loo – and bang, I hit my head! No one shouted, “cut”, so I assumed the shot wasn’t wide enough to include me.”
Oh, how wrong he was. The shot has been spoofed numerous times and become an unforgettable piece of Star Wars lore.