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Exclusive: 'Making of Star Wars' Clip Is a Little Hot for a Stormtrooper

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Gunshot squibs are one thing. Blastershot squibs are something else entirely.

Things occasionally got pretty hot on the set of the original "Star Wars" and, as our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip reveals, getting hit by Han Solo's blaster sometimes left more than just a hole in your armor. After one Stormtrooper's squib continues to burn after exploding in this take, stunt coordinator Peter Diamond rushes to the fallen stuntman after "cut" is called in order to blow out the flame like you would candles on a birthday cake.

It's an enlightening look at how they filmed the scene in the original movie where, while trapped on board the Death Star, Han (Harrison Ford) buys some time for Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) by scaring off a group of Stormtroopers when he chases after them screaming. Of course, they quickly realize they outnumber him (in one of the few welcome additions to the "Special Edition," Han now runs into a  hanger full of Troopers), so he turns tail and runs. even has a definition for "doing a Han Solo" based on this move.

The behind-the-scenes glimpse does also highlight just how important the post-production was to making "Star Wars" work. The raw footage is missing the voice-over for the Stormtrooper dialogue, the visual effects for the laser blasts, and, most importantly, the heart-pumping musical score from composer John Williams.

The clip is just one of many that will be featured in the enhanced e-book version of "The Making of Star Wars." The e-book edition contains all of the text and art featured in the 2007 print edition by Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler in addition to bonus multimedia content including 30 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes video, 15-20 minutes of rare audio interviews, and additional art work and photos. If you've been holding out on getting one of those newfangled reading tablets, this new look behind the curtain of "Star Wars" is a pretty good reason to make the leap into the digital age.

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The enhanced e-book of "The Making of Star Wars," courtesy of Lucasfilm and Random House, will be available on Tuesday, along with enhanced e-book editions of "The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" (the print edition of which came out in 2010) and "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (the print edition of which came out on October 1).

And just think … in a few years' time, we'll probably be getting a "The Making of Star Wars: Whatever Episode VII Ends Up Being Called."

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