The Reason The Infamous Stormtrooper Hit His Head In A New Hope

Posted 2017/05/25 2562 0

Actor Laurie Goode says he was as shocked as anyone to see that George Lucas used the now infamous take.


Today is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope's release, marking the first time that the Star Wars franchise delighted audiences. To celebrate, all sorts of new tidbits about the property are being released, to the joy of the the generations of fans. One of the most accidentally hilarious (and therefore viral) moments from A New Hope show a Stormtrooper accidentally forgetting to duck in a doorway, and hitting his head awkwardly. For some reason, the editors still included this take in the film, and now we know exactly what was happening in that particular extra's head.

Heat Vision tracked down the U.K.-based actor who says he was the clumsy Stormtrooper. Laurie Goode, who was 31 during production, explains just what happened that day.

“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.”

Goode was as surprised as anyone that the shot made it into theaters, and as it took on a life of his own, he’s had trouble claiming the moment as his own. The actor Michael Leader has also claimed to be the infamously inept soldier, and there’s even an IndieGogo campaign currently collecting funds for a documentary that promises to get to the root of the subject, uncovering with finality which actor can be thanked for this moment of lo-fi charm.