Star Wars’ Legendary ‘Pink Shorts Boom Guy’ Speaks Out 40 Years After ANH

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Hardcore Star Wars fans love to go over all sorts of details scattered in the franchise, and this includes one fabulous-looking crew member that ended up in one of the behind-the-scenes photos of Star Wars: A New Hope.

A shirtless pink shorts-shorts boom operator filming A New Hope was caught in action in one of the behind-the-scenes photos taken from Episode IV. Thanks to the crew member's lively getup, the photo continues to gain a whole lot of popularity over the years, even though the boom operator's name doesn't appear in the film credits.

While the identity of A New Hope's pink shorts guy has remained a mystery for so many years, ABC News managed to track down the Star Wars crew member, revealing him to be 90-year-old Ken Nightingall


"I think it's very nice," Nightingall said when told about his newfound fame. "They seem to like it. Good for them."

Nightingall doesn't mind his appearance in the photo. One of the many British crewmembers who worked on the production of A New Hope, the conditions for filming the desert scenes in North Africa were just too much to bear, so the Londoner had to do what he had to do for his job.

"It was very, very hot," Nightingall revealed. "...I was just doing my job."

Of course, as this was the first Star Wars film to be ever made, no one was really sure that A New Hope would ever do good. Even Nightingall was skeptical about the movie.

"Most of them working on the movie thought it was the biggest load of crap they'd ever worked on," Terence, Nightingall's son, shared. "They weren't overly impressed."

Now, the Star Wars franchise has become one of the largest and most successful film franchises in Hollywood history. Lucasfilm's next release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will serve both as an end to the studio's sequel trilogy as well as a culmination of the Skywalker saga.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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