After the whole world has marveled at the revelation that Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had been involved in a brief love affair during the filming of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Mark Hamill has stepped up to confess that even he didn't know about the tryst. While Fisher and Ford were most certainly discreet about their romance, Hamill hints that they may not have been as secretive as they may have thought. In fact, Mark suggests it was his own personality that prevented him from seeing that there was something clandestine going on with his Star Wars co-stars.
In an interview shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars star Mark Hamill admits that he never knew that his co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were involved in a romance, confessing that there was a very personal reason he never noticed anything. Hamill says that, during the filming of that first Star Wars film, he was more concerned with himself than with how his Star Wars colleagues were carrying on.
"I was so self-involved at that point, they could've been doing it in front of me and I wouldn't have noticed," Hamill said. "I was single and had my own agenda."
The revelation came in Carrie Fisher's recently published memoir, The Princess Diarist, in which she details the affair and shares that she and then-married Harrison Ford had many sleepover dates, throughout the filming of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Mr. Hamill further commented that it was best that the affair was never found out, as he knows from experience that set romances can be blown out of proportion when the news of an affair comes to light. From 1972 through 1973, Hamill played Kent Murray on the soap opera, General Hospital, and, at that same time, Mark was involved with another actor on the soap. The romance ended, but the two actors still were forced to play their parts together, creating tension on the set.
"If the relationship doesn't last and you're on a TV series and you got four more seasons to go, it can be really awkward," Mr. Hamill explained. "It happened to me. I was with a girl [Anne Wyndham] who was playing my sister on a soap opera, General Hospital."
As NZ Herald reveals, Carrie Fisher is now concerned that her admission of the affair has probably bothered Harrison Ford, even though the Star Wars actor hasn't made any public statements about it. Ms. Fisher was a guest on The Graham Norton Show when she admitted that her revelation undoubtedly came as an unwelcome shock, even though she warned Ford in advance of her plans to publish her diaries.
"He is incredibly private and I am sure the whole thing bugged him, but he comes out of it well," Carrie says of the Star Wars affair. "I liked him."
Ms. Fisher also backs up statements made by Mark Hamill in saying that he never knew of the affair. In fact, Fisher says Mark was completely taken aback when she did finally tell him about her relationship with Harrison.
Once the affair ended, she and Ford never spoke of it again. Even when the two Star Wars actors were together, any references made by Fisher to the affair received a noncommittal grunt from Harrison. For that reason, Ms. Fisher says The Princess Diarist was probably not well received by Harrison.
"Four hundred thousand news sites picked up on it and it became a little embarrassing," says the Star Wars actress. "They made a lot of things up which I now have to talk about - I never said he was bad in bed."
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