One of the stormtroopers claiming to be THE Stormtrooper who hits his head on the blast door in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is now sharing his story. Laurie Goode shares the story with THR and blames stomach troubles on the blooper…
“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.”
What’s worse is this happened on the fourth take! Provided this guy is the real deal, as there are three men who claim to be the Stormtrooper:
“I remember after the first two takes, we were told to hold our guns in our left hands as opposed to our right. So I believe the head bang happened on the fourth take — whatever number of takes we did, the head bang happened on the last take. When it first happened, that day I told my fellow actor on the film, Mark Kirby, that I hit my head, but we didn’t go for another take.”
The story sounds convincing, but I’ve heard the other men’s stories before as well so I’m still skeptical. After all, these guys have had a couple decades to come up with a story and who remembers something so vividly that far removed from the event? I guess if he were embarrassed it could be one of those cringe moments you think back to. Do you buy his story?