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February 6, 2023

Behind the Scenes Photographs of Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford During the Making of ‘Star Wars’ Films

Carrie Fisher revealed in her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist about how her three-month whirlwind romance took flight with the then-33-year-old Harrison Ford following a birthday party for Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1976.

It’s important to note that Fisher was 19 at the time and, by her own admission, “naïve and agonizingly insecure.” So when the rowdy crew members at George Lucas’ birthday party decided to get her drunk, she obliges even though she hates the taste and effect of alcohol. “It makes me stupid, sick, and unconscious really fast,” she admits. “I’ve never actually been drunk – just senseless and inert.”

But Fisher also feels the need to fit in. So after a couple of drinks, she’s practically incoherent, at which point several men start to surround her and try to get her out of the party, “to wherever movie crews take young actresses when they want to establish that the actress belongs to them.”

Suddenly, Harrison Ford swoops in and says, “Pardon me, but the lady doesn’t seem to be very aware of what she wants.” to a crew member who insists that she wanted to get a little air.

An argument rapidly breaks out at which point Ford yanks Fisher away from the party and into a car. And makes out with her. It’s also important to note that Ford is 14 years older than her besides being married with two children and she was drunk. And that’s how their affair started.

In the book, Fisher describes waking up feeling guilty after spending the night with Ford for the first time following Star Wars director George Lucas’ birthday party.

“I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face—a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow. How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?” she writes.

When discussing why it took 40 years to finally open up about her fling with Ford, Fisher said, “I was good at [keeping the affair a secret], wasn’t I? I told other stuff to distract people, so they would never figure it out.”

When asked if it was purely sexual or true love, the actress admitted that her relationship with Ford was more “infatuation,” and the physical connection only occurred during filming, citing, “location, location, location.”

“I was 19. No one told me about location rules or lack of rules. You can do whatever you want as long as you film the movie,” she confessed. “You can sleep together if your family’s not around. My mother wasn’t there, I don’t think. God, I hope not.”

“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,” she told Newsweek magazine, Fisher says she and Ford never discussed their relationship, neither at the time nor afterwards. “He’s not a big talker,” she says drily. “You know, he wasn’t Mr Chuckles.” But what happened when they met on set for the sequels – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Nothing, she says; it was just their secret. “I think it was reabsorbed. You can see in our body language that we are comfortable with each other.”


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