Can you name what beer can Carrie Fisher is holding in this 1976 Star Wars: A New Hope shot?
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The beer she’s drinking is popular in the States now but not then.
This shot was from a set near London.
UPDATE1: AND THE ANSWER IS …
It’s not a can from the same year, but you can see the elements …
Jeff Fang called it first—
she’s toastin’ a can of Stella Artois!
Though the Belgian lager’s gotten a big stateside ad push recently, it first came out way back in 1926 as a Christmas beer. The name’s a combo of brewmaster Sebastian Artois and the latin word for ‘star‘.
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UPDATE 3.7.11: NEW EVIDENCE PROVES IT’S NOT STELLA
Originally, we had one stillframe to judge from (scroll to top). The curve of the graphic label, although obscured, looked just like an old tallboy of Stella. But recently an animated gif of the whole scene showed up, giving us better views of the can (which was being passed to Mark Hamill). And, well, certain things have come to light…
Shout out to eagle-eye Ümlaut reader Joshua Webb for making the catch:
The can we can (now) plainly see is actually Double Diamond from Ind Coope/Carlsberg. They had a jingle at the time of filming, “A Double Diamond works wonders, works wonders, works wonders. A Double Diamond works wonders, so drink some today!”
This officially closes the case on the Princess Leia Beer Can Mystery. I’ll be sending some beer schwag to ya, Mr. Webb, so keep an eye out. Cheers!
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