With Disney now in charge of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, there's been a handful of new movies adopted into the canon. But there is still one installment that remains the fan favorite: The Empire Strikes Back. Episode V took the characters to challenging places and new planets, while also providing one of the biggest twists in movie history. But it wasn't so easy to film.
Harrison Ford recently revealed a horror story involved with filming the sequences set on Hoth. George Lucas took production to Finse, Norway for the snowy scenes, but Ford had a hard time getting to set. In fact, he was stuck on a snowplow for about hours trying to regret there, ultimately taking to a bottle to get him through the nightmare. As Ford tells it,
I think it had come from the hotel where the crew were staying. We went, as I later found out, three hours in the wrong direction on the tracks. Then, we swiveled around and went three hours back and then continued to our destination. It was about ten hours as I remember. I arrived in the dark with an empty bottle of scotch, which I had shared with the non- English-speaking train engineer, and exited into a tunnel through the snow and into the hotel where the crew was and the cast was.
This wild tidbit from the set of Empire Strikes back comes from the new book Star Wars Icons: Han Solo (via EW), which dissects Han Solo's long tenure in the Star Wars franchise. Harrison Ford himself contributed his experience on set, as he played Han in four movies, before handing over the reigns to Alden Ehrenreich for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Also in the book, Star Wars associate producer Jim Bloom explained how Norwegian customs may have factored into the scotch consumption, especially during a long and stressful night of travel. Bloom says,
The only way to get him to Finse was to send the plow, which was the train plow that kept the line clear, down at nighttime. . . . The Norwegians have a tradition, when you open a bottle you never close it, so when they get there, they kind of fell off the train.
And you thought chopping open a Tauntaun was bad. It turns out that things were difficult for Harrison Ford before he even arrived on Hoth. Luckily, it paid off. The wintery scenes in Empire Strikes Back are some of the first trilogy's most iconic.