That Time Harrison Ford Drank A Bottle Of Scotch While Trying To Film Empire Strikes Back

With Disney now in charge of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, there’s been a handful of new movies adopted into the canon. But there is still one installment that remains the fan favorite: The Empire Strikes Back. Episode V took the characters to challenging places and new planets, while also providing one of the biggest twists in movie history. But it wasn’t so easy to film.

Harrison Ford recently revealed a horror story involved with filming the sequences set on Hoth. George Lucas took production to Finse, Norway for the snowy scenes, but Ford had a hard time getting to set. In fact, he was stuck on a snowplow for about hours trying to regret there, ultimately taking to a bottle to get him through the nightmare. As Ford tells it,

Well, that’s certainly intense. In addition to traveling last minute to Norway with his Han Solo costume in tow, Harrison Ford had the commute from hell while trying to get on location for Hoth. But at least he had some liquid courage to enjoy along the way.

This wild tidbit from the set of Empire Strikes back comes from the new book Star Wars Icons: Han Solo (via EW), which dissects Han Solo’s long tenure in the Star Wars franchise. Harrison Ford himself contributed his experience on set, as he played Han in four movies, before handing over the reigns to Alden Ehrenreich for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Also in the book, Star Wars associate producer Jim Bloom explained how Norwegian customs may have factored into the scotch consumption, especially during a long and stressful night of travel. Bloom says,

And you thought chopping open a Tauntaun was bad. It turns out that things were difficult for Harrison Ford before he even arrived on Hoth. Luckily, it paid off. The wintery scenes in Empire Strikes Back are some of the first trilogy’s most iconic.


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