The Star Wars franchise is one of the most popular—and iconic—film series of all time. The original film, which was never expected to be a success, has spawned books, action figures, and even more movies. With a legacy spanning decades, there are many reasons Star Wars has become the cultural cornerstone it is today.
Addiction and More!
A lot of things went on behind the scenes of Star Wars. Did you know that Carrie Fisher, the actress playing Princess Leia, was battling a cocaine addiction while filming The Empire Strikes Back? Or that she had a real-life affair with Harrison Ford, who played her love interest Han Solo in the films? Keep reading to find out even more mind-blowing facts that you never knew about Star Wars!
Harrison Earned It the Hard Way
By now, Harrison Ford’s role as Han Solo has gone down in history as being one of the most iconic casting choices of all time. But did you know that he was not supposed to be Han Solo? George Lucas was hoping to find an A-list actor to play the role, and Harrison Ford was at that time only starting out in his career. He had a few small parts under his belt but was not the star Lucas was looking for.Big names like Al Pacino, James Caan, and Sylvester Stallone were originally considered for the role. Harrison Ford was involved in the auditions only to help other actors as they auditioned. By chance, he happened to read Han Solo’s lines, and George Lucas was so impressed that he hired Harrison, giving him the role that would launch him to superstardom.