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'May The Farce be with you!'

  • 'Star Wars' blooper reel emerges to fans' delight
  • Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher flub it up in 1976

Other than Fox announcing that it's un-canceling "Firefly," this is possibly the best news sci-fi fans could have hoped for.

A blooper reel from the 1976 filming of the original "Star Wars" (or for you youngsters, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope") has emerged online --  the first time it's been seen by the general public. There've been rumors about its existence for 36 years. But now, the existence of the Bigfoot of bloopers can finally be confirmed!

The "Star Wars" flubs are well worth the wait. We see a fresh-faced Harrison Ford chew on his headset after blowing a line; Anthony Daniels, weighted down by his metallic C-3PO costume, actually falls over in the desert; knighted Oscar-winner Sir Alec Guinness mugs for the camera; and Stormtroopers literally trip over themselves during a battle scene.

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So how did this blooper reel come to light? A writer working on a "Star Wars" retrospective found the legendary reel recently during his research. This summer, he screened the footage for a small group at San Diego's Comic-Con. Recording devices reportedly were banned from the screening but somehow the footage popped up on Reddit and YouTube a few days ago. Of course Disney, which now owns LucasFilm, has a Jedi army of lawyers at its disposal and some feared Mickey's Empire would soon order the reel scrubbed from the Internet. But as of earlier today, the video was still online for all to enjoy. 

“I am not at all surprised, not at all surprised," Harrison Ford told Showbiz Tonight when we asked him about the blooper reel's discovery at the "Ender's Game" premiere. But don't ask him any specifics about his and his castmates' newly discovered goofs. "It was a long time ago, man," he told us. "I don't remember.”

Ford may not remember these bloopers, but "Star Wars" fans won't likely forget them. For a franchise known mostly for its dead-serious mythology, this new bit of film history could be "Star Wars'" most laugh-inducing footage ever -- unless you count "The Phantom Menace."

Watch the blooper reel here:

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