During filming of The Empire Strikes Back, the second movie in the epic “Star Wars” saga, it turns out the subzero planet Hoth didn’t have the only snow on the set.
Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the first trilogy admitted to the Australian Associated Press that she used cocaine while the movie was being shot. “We did cocaine on the set of ‘Empire’, in the ice planet,” she told the Aussie newswire on a visit to Sydney for her stand-up comedy show Wishful Drinking. “I didn’t even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.” (See a video on doing yoga, Star Wars style.)
Fisher, 53, now known in the movie biz primarily as a writer and comedienne, said her life had spiraled into a tempest of addiction and rehab, and even sent her to the emergency room from an overdose. John Belushi, her co-star in The Blues Brothers, which was released in 1980, the same year as Empire, warned her of her problem. Ironically, Belushi himself succumbed to a drug overdose in 1982.
“Slowly I realised I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter,” she said. “If I’d been addicted to booze I’d be dead now, because you just go out and get it.” (See the Top 10 “Star Wars” fan films.)