Sunday 10 December 2023


A clearly high-as-a-kite Harrison Ford talks to Gary Kurtz on set, of which the substance 'Peridium' is mentioned for space travel. Could this have been a reference to something from an early Star Wars script that the actor may have remembered?

Now available in certain worldwide territories, the exclusive Disney+ documentary Timeless Heroes, dedicated to Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones, had an interesting selection of rare behind the scenes material from the original Star Wars, including some brief, never before seen interview footage of a clearly drugs-high Harrison Ford on the Death Star corridor set at Elstree Studios being interviewed by producer Gary Kurtz, who soon clearly gives up on talking to the bemused actor off camera! This Ford interview, from 16th June 1976, joins the ranks of other Kurtz interviewing/Peter Shillingford directed cast interviews from that period, which also included Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Sir Alec Guinness.

Mark Hamill.

Carrie Fisher.

Sir Alec Guinness.

Preparing to film Ford's interview.

Only the briefest moments/segments of these interviews have ever been released online (one bigger section of Guinness talking was first used in the original The Making of Star Wars TV documentary of 1977), and especially the Carrie Fisher footage, which has still been barely seen. 

A message to Lucasfilm/Disney: Isn't it about time these clearly HD restored gems were finally released to fans to watch and enjoy in their entirety?!

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