Star Wars Actor Harrison Ford On The Dangers Of Filming On The Set Of ESB

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Solo: A Star Wars Story might have detailed the origin of everyone's favorite Star Wars smuggler, but it looks like Lucasfilm's new book Star Wars Icons: Han Solo is set to explore all the different secrets there is to Han Solo. Not only does this include details about the character in Lucasfilm's galaxy far, far away, but this also includes some pretty fun behind-the-scenes stories from those who brought Han to life.

Now, thanks to an excerpt from Star Wars Icons: Han Solo (via, fans get to see an interview with Harrison Ford where the actor tries to recall the journey he had to take to get to the set of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. According to the actor, the trip to the set was pretty difficult – no one spoke English in Norway, but the journey to the set itself had some pretty hazardous terrain.

"They called me saying that they'd like me to come immediately, the next day, to be available to start shooting," Ford shared the interview he had with Entertainment Weekly at the time, "I had to bring my costume with me. I got off the airplane in Norway, and there was a guy with a sign with my name on it. He put me in a car. He spoke not a word of English. He drove me to a train station. He took my bag out of the back and put it in the train station. I followed my bag and sat down on a bench, and nobody spoke English. I had no idea in the world where I was going or how I was going to get there."


Back then, Lucas and the team were filming Hoth scenes for Empire Strikes Back, and the snowy landscape made for quite an arduous journey. Instead of using a regular car, Ford had to ride a vehicle with a snow plow attached to its head to get back to his hotel. Without any clear tracks and with so much snow around them, Ford and his driver took their sweet time getting back to the hotel. Luckily, it seems like the two had some alcohol to help keep them up.

Turns out Hoth's icy landscape wasn't just a danger to the Rebellion and to Luke Skywalker – the actual set was pretty dangerous for the film's cast and crew. It's not easy being a Star Wars star, is it?

Star Wars fans can learn more fun stories about Han in Star Wars Icons: Han Solo which is currently available on Sideshow Collectibles.

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