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“Star Wars” Actress Confesses to On-Set Shenanigans

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Posted on October 20 2010 11:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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A recent admission from Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher reveals Hoth, site of the doomed rebel base in the first act of The Empire Strikes Back, to be home to more than one kind of snow.

“We did cocaine on the set of ‘Empire,’ in the ice planet,” she said in an interview while promoting her one-woman show in Australia. “I didn’t even like the coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.”

Whatever damage such a revelation may cause to already sullied childhood memories, Fisher’s ownership of her indiscretion and the addiction which followed are enough to make up for it.

Fisher acknowledged her broken Hollywood family — father Eddie Fisher left the family when she was just two to marry Elizabeth Taylor — but did not blame it for her drug abuse. “It’s always been my responsibility, if it was Hollywood then we’d all be dope addicts,” she said.

That stands as an uncommonly rational acceptance of responsibility. You have to wonder if modern troubled starlets like Lindsey Lohan will achieve such insight some day.

It’s unclear who else from Empire was included among the “we” indulging with Fisher, though its amusing to speculate. The only other user she mentions is from another production altogether.

Around the same time, Fisher was cast in “The Blues Brothers” alongside her then boyfriend Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi. Belushi died in 1982 from a cocaine and heroin overdose.

“Hanging out with them didn’t help, and John actually recognized it in me,” said Fisher of the actor who warned her of her addiction before succumbing to his own. “Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter.”

Still it wasn’t until an overdose six years later that she was able to recognize the depths of her addiction.

A lesser woman might be inclined to defer responsibility here, to claim she was corrupted by misogynistic men who cared more about their own entertainment than her health. Instead, Fisher refuses to play the victim card.

Fisher’s ownership of her mistakes is a model for others, no matter minority status or a tragic backstory. The post-modern tendency to blame personal behavior on outside influences belittles the individual by assuming they are not in control of their own actions. The proposition of equality requires acceptance of personal responsibility.

Fisher’s show, currently touring in Australia, is called Wishful Drinking. It recounts her struggle with addiction.

Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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