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What it feels like to be a Stormtrooper

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(CBS 8/CNN) - The countdown is on as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to premier in about a week. To go along with promoting the event (hype?), we wondered what it was like donning the Stormtrooper costume for the hugely popular movie franchise. Ralph Morse was a Stormtrooper in Star Wars episodes V (The Empire Strikes Back) and VI (Return of the Jedi) and reveals how it was putting on the emblematic white armor and all of the complications related to the one-size-fits-all constricting costume.

Morse recounts, "I got a call from an agent who wanted me to audition for a new film called 'The Empire Strikes Back.' That was how I became a Stormtrooper."

Morse was in the 'Get my shuttle ready' sequence of The Empire Strikes Back and was one of the Stormtroopers who accompanied Darth Vader at Cloud City. He says, "I decided to carry my gun left-handed, side-saddle. Like I was carrying a shotgun in the West."

What was it like in the costume for the movies? Morse says, "I think all the costumes were the same size. And the original model, I think, was about 5 foot 10. Some of the guys who were terribly tall or terribly short found the costume unbearable."

He also mentions the costume was very hard to get out of. Sitting down was nearly impossible and leaning to one side was the optimal resting position. Going to the bathroom was a hassle as well. "You needed more than 30 seconds warning," he says.

What about the iconic Stormtrooper helmet? Morse says, "The first helmet they gave me, I couldn't see through the damn thing at all."

The boots caused some issues with falling as they contained no tread in the soles.

All in all, it didn't seem to be as glamorous as one would seem it to be but it's still cool, right? Come on, it's Star Wars!


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