Best Star Wars bloopers you’ve never seen

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…some well-meaning actors goofed up while the cameras were rolling. Whether you're a Force fanatic or simply enjoy a little unintentional hilarity, here's a collection of classic bloopers that should help you see the Star Wars series in a whole new way.

A New Hope (1977)

George Lucas made the first chapter in the saga on a shoestring budget, and it shows in Episode IV's blooper collection. It starts with a Rebel Alliance officer's helmet falling off at the worst possible moment, which sets the tone for a series of funny mistakes. Poor Anthony Daniels totters over into a sand dune in his C-3PO suit, the cover disguising the wheels under Luke's landspeeder tears off during a ride across the desert, and an alien accidentally snaps his finger in the Mos Eisley cantina—and that's all in the first 45 seconds of this collection of A New Hope blunders.

You'll also see Peter Cushing flubbing a line in character as Grand Moff Tarkin, cracking up Carrie Fisher, and Sir Alec Guinness giving some classic side-eye to Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) after some clumsy arm movement. The actors weren't the only ones messing up, either, as demonstrated by the sight of some poor stormtroopers struggling to get through a blast opening that was cut too small. Finally, Star Wars stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill prove they had their own difficulty with lines once in awhile—and took it all in good-natured stride.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Blooper bits aren't as plentiful for the second film in the original Star Wars saga, but we do have a few glimpses of what lighter moments came from the set. The "dinner" between Han, Leia, Lando, and Darth Vader is one of the tenser sequences in The Empire Strikes Back, but watching stagehands chuck prop guns at David Prowse (Vader), you can't help but chuckle. Ford obviously wasn't taking things too seriously, as you can see while he indulges in a bit of ballet during a take. In what might be the best Star Wars blooper of all, a crew member with a fire extinguisher rushes in to put out a flaming AT-AT (which is a lot tinier than it looks). If only Palpatine's men could've reached Anakin's crispy remains that quickly…

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Remember when Luke beseeches Vader to search his feelings and turn his back on the Dark Side? You might be able to recite his speech better than Hamill, who gets tongue-tied in one Return of the Jedi blooper. There's also a goofy little clip of Boba Fett firing his blaster at an Ewok (and missing), as well as a look at the type of airborne embarrassment that awaits any actor being hoisted by a wire—even if he's playing the fearsome Emperor. That was far from the only prop malfunction on the set, too.

There's also footage of a botched explosion during the escape from Jabba the Hutt's palace, as well as some jammed speeders during an Endor chase sequence. Poor Billy Dee Williams might be responsible for the best of the bunch, though, when one of his lines gets the best of him while he's piloting the Millennium Falcon.

The Phantom Menace (1999)

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn is the picture of Jedi grace. In real life, Liam Neeson is prone to the occasional fumble—as you'll see when he unholsters his lightsaber and accidentally sends it flying. Poor R2-D2 also had a bit of a balance problem on the set of the first Star Wars prequel—when he wasn't careening into walls or being bumped into. Lastly, if you've ever wanted to hear Master Yoda flub a line, this is the clip you're looking for.

Attack of the Clones (2002)

Many Star Wars fans joke about the stilted chemistry between Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in the prequels, but they had a good time between takes—just look at the giggling that erupts after Christensen forgets his stage direction in this blooper reel. There's also a funny sight gag stemming from a shoddily built spaceship, a little bit of Jango Fett dancing with an umbrella, and Portman taking a spill from a mechanical "alien." The coordination problems continued during Attack of the Clones, too—only here, Christensen takes as many tumbles as R2-D2.

Revenge of the Sith (2005)

There might be fewer bloopers from Revenge of the Sith than any other Star Wars chapter, but we do have a fair amount of production footage that shows the cast and crew laughing it up behind the scenes. There are a couple of honest-to-goodness blunders mixed in there, too—like when C-3PO goes crashing into a set barrier, or when Christensen tries to open the wrong door, or when Anakin tries to make a jump when Obi-Wan Kenobi has the high ground…