YouTube user Neil Bowyer dropped a bombshell on the Internet yesterday in the form of two minutes and 36 seconds of never-before-seen Star Wars bloopers. The upload includes 10 outtakes ranging in length from seven seconds (a protective covering falls off Luke Skywalker's landspeeder) to 45 seconds (Stormtroopers struggle to break into Detention Block AA-23). Every moment comes from Episode IV: A New Hope, and various clapperboards reval they were captured between May 7th and June 18th, 1976 (George Lucas and Co. released the film, which won six Oscars, on May 25, 1977).
The first of the two longer clips begins at the 1:08 mark, as Han Solo (Harrison Ford) struggles to defend Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) from Stormtroopers surging his position. Over 45 seconds, the video documents various adversaries as they slip across the block's iron floor. Later, at 2:12, viewers are transported to the cockpit of Red 5 – Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter – as the Rebel pilot wrestles with his syntax: "How do you pronounce 'Supernova?'" asks the actor. "What's the inflection? Is it supernova or supernova?"
Bowyer's discovery comes on the heels of two Star Wars stories that blossomed last week. On Wednesday, Harrison Ford cheekily avoided Jay Leno's question about his rumored appearance in J. J. Abrams' Episode VII, which will begin shooting in London next year. Then, the next day, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that Oscar-winning Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt was out as Episode VII's writer, to be replaced by Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (we decoded that drama here).