"I had no friends [as a kid] because I wanted to play with my 'Star Wars' action figures and everyone else was playing with their Barbies," Fontan said. "I had no Barbies."
Supporters have popped up all over the globe. The first scene to be completed came from Germany, Pugh said. A Japanese fan's scene was among the first dozen.
So popular was the project that Pugh was invited to present the trailer for the remixed film at the Long Beach ComicCon, a convention that celebrates comic books and pop culture.
As he got off the plane on the way to ComicCon, Pugh got quite a shock. Darth Vader -- at least, the Twitter user who claims to be the fictional Dark Lord -- had endorsed the project, saying, "Star Wars: Uncut the trailer. Impressive. MOST impressive."
That, Pugh said, might have been the biggest highlight of the project so far.
But "Star Wars: Uncut" is far from complete. Pugh still needs to wait for fans to turn in the rest of the clips. (Participants have 30 days to complete a scene once they claim it.)
Then, he said he plans to let fans vote for their favorite version of each scene. That's how he said he'll determine which clips get included in the full-length movie, which he hopes to have completed by March.
Looking to the future, Pugh said he has plans to repeat the project for "Empire Strikes Back," the second "Star Wars" film. But, those plans are on hold until he finishes the first movie.