Arts & Entertainment

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford Talk Their Star Wars Love Triangle in This Long Lost Empire Strikes Back Doc

The recently discovered footage was uploaded to YouTube this weekend.
IMAGE Disney/Lucasfilm
Comments

In her memoir released shortly before her death in late 2016, Carrie Fisher wrote, "I'm sorry it's not Mark [Hamill]—it could have been. It should have been. It might've meant something. Maybe not much, but certainly more," she said of her relationship with her Star Wars co-star. Of course, as we know, she didn't have a relationship with Hamill because during the filming of the movies, she'd had an affair with Harrison Ford, who at the time was married and in his late 30s.

In a long-lost documentary about the making of Empire Strikes Back that was recently discovered and published on YouTube, Fisher, Hamill, and Ford discuss their on-screen love triangle. What's funny, is given the context of what we know now about their personal lives, it's hard not to detect the actors projecting a bit of themselves into the plot.

"She's the princess after all and I'm an opportunist, but it develops into a love story as it were," Ford says of the section of the film where Leia and Solo go off on their own in the Millennium Falcon.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

But, Hamill thinks if he'd has his chance alone with the princess, he'd have ended up with her: "Give me three weeks with her in hyperspace and I might make a few points. I'm so bummed about that," Hamill says in the doc.

"Poor kid, it's quite shocking, he's of course fond of the princess himself," Ford says.

Fisher had the most astute analysis of the Solo, Skywalker, Organa relationship.

"It starts out as a love triangle and then I'm thrown together with Han Solo," Fisher says. "It ends up being one of those relationships like Tracy and Hepburn where we scream at each other for the first half of the film and then we end up liking each other."

They're all giggling through the interviews, of course, and it's really very sweet. The rest of the doc focuses on how the crew created the special effects for the battle of Hoth, which took an insane amount of effort in the days before CGI.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Matt Miller
Matt Miller is the Associate Culture Editor for Esquire.com
View Other Articles From Matt
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Our watch of the week once went to the moon. Now, it's going for gold
 
Share
Beard and mustache styles of various lengths can change the way you look.
 
Share
Ralph Fiennes is facing criticism for saying James Bond should always be a white guy.
 
Share
 
Share
From "Goldfinger" to "Skyfall," we break down the best tracks playing alongside 007.
 
Share
Cherish the days before your son learns to talk. You'll miss them when they're gone.
 
Share
 
Share
We're slightly happier compared to last year, according to the World Happiness Report.
 
Share
The XC40 is Volvo’s first car designed and built around its new Compact Modular Architecture.
Load More Articles