When Star Wars was first released in 1977, it quickly became one of the most iconic films of all time, spawning a franchise that has made more money than a million Han debts to Jabba. However, behind the scenes, so many unfathomable difficulties and overa
The elements made filming impossible
In March 1976, filming began with New Hope's Tatooine sequences. George Lucas decided to go on location in Tunisia, where problems began almost immediately. On the second day of filming, heavy rain prevented any work from being done. What was so unusual about rain, you might ask? Well, it was the first winter rain in that region of Tunisia in 50 years. Besides this bad luck on the film crew's part, production was set back even further, because the controls for R2-D2's suit malfunctioned constantly. Since this was the '70s and all technology was crap, an entire day was spent just filming a few seconds of footage consisting of R2-D2 moving a couple feet.
C-3PO didn't fare much better: when Anthony Daniels (the actor who played the robot) first put on the plastic costume, he took just two steps when the left leg piece shattered and injured his foot … ouch. There were even more technical issues, when sand ruined the film equipment and windstorms destroyed sets that had been constructed all the way over in England. Apparently, George Lucas tried to film the movie exclusively on sacred burial grounds.
Things didn't improve when the production moved to Elstree Studios in London, because the crew there didn't take the film seriously, and they kind of accidentally caused an explosion, one that destroyed a set and sent a stuntman to the hospital. How the crew blew up an entire set due to negligence is anyone's guess, because that's kind of cartoonish and insane.
Go ahead and make the Han Solo-Princess Leia connection, because Carrie Fisher already did, in her book The Princess Diarist: "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend." The affair occurred during the filming of A New Hope, when Fisher was just 19 and Ford was 33 … and married with two kids. Fisher even admitted she was out of her league with the relationship: "I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind." The affair would last just three months and was "intense," according to Fisher. However, maybe don't take her word for it — she claims she can't recall much of the relationship due to "the brutal strength of Harrison's preferred strain of pot." Well, at least now we know what Han Solo was smuggling in the movie.
Harrison Ford would divorce his wife in 1979, but had precious little to say about his fling. Fisher recalled recently on the Graham Norton Show, "Harrison and I never spoke about it again. I saw him a lot because I became friends with his second wife and I can remember three times when we were all together that I, of course, made an oblique reference to it and he just grunted." Maybe he forgot because of the "brutal strength" of his pot, or something like that.