By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Like any film, television series or Broadway production, props don’t work the way actors expect them to. And actors don’t always work either. Like all human beings they make mistakes. Actors can slip, trip, stumble or occasionally flub their lines. The difference between being an actor on George Lucas’ original Star Wars or being a star on the stage is the star on stage is under more pressure not to screw-up.
Where a production company might share some gaffes and giggles, with LucasFilm there was silence…until now. Editor and author J. W. Rinzler was trawling through the Lucas archives, looking for material for his making of books on the original three Star Wars films, when what was caught in his net was a Star Wars blooper reel, it was too big to throw back. And like any normal fisherman he had to show off his monster of a catch. This catch though, he displayed at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
Rinzler’s find is now available on YouTube but it wasn’t made available by Rinzler himself. And readers take note, there is no sound until 49 seconds into the reel. According to fans, this is the way the reel was shown at Comic-Con.