When fiction meets fact.
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away…
For centuries, works of fiction have remained enduringly popular because of their ability to transport us to foreign countries, distant planets, and made-up universes. Even when they do take place in the real world, movies and stories give us a much-needed escape from our own lives, allowing to imagine “What if?”
The plots are typically familiar: Unexpected heroes finding unlikely allies in a bildungsroman across time and space, a dire threat to peace or civilization that can only be stopped by a mystical weapon wielded by our hero, romance, adventure, death, and, more often that not, a great secret revealed.
Well, a very great secret was just revealed from behind the scenes of one of the most famous fiction franchises in history. Star Wars leading lady Carrie Fisher just revealed, over 40 years later, that her romance with Harrison Ford was more than just on-screen.
Space and Time
It’s one of the most famous romances in cinematic history. Han and Leia are an unlikely-but-predictable pairing: The pilot smuggler and the princess without a kingdom, united through their dedication to Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance.
And what was even more unlikely-but-predictable than a Han-Leia romance? A Harrison-Carrie romance, of course.
Actress Carrie Fisher just revealed that during the shooting of the first Star Wars film in 1976, she and then then-married Ford began an affair in Tunisia.
The Princess Diarist
Like any good story, Fisher’s tell-all seems to be a really smart marketing ploy for her new memoir, The Princess Diarist.
In her new book, Carrie looks back on journals she kept from filming that documented how the affair began. Though Fisher was but 19 at the time and Ford was 33, married to his first wife, and a father of two, she remembers the affair as a dream come true. “It was so intense,” she told People. ” It was Han and Leia during the week and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”
An Affair to Remember
According to Fisher, the affair began after a birthday party the cast and crew had for George Lucas. She was tipsy on wine, and Ford offered to drive her home. At the time, she was shocked that such a handsome budding star could be interested in her.
She writes, “I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face—a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow. How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”
In the past, Fisher has denied that there was ever any real romance between her and Ford, so why did she wait until now to come clean with the truth? Turns out she had her reasons, and she tried preparing Ford for the exposé as well…