Carrie Fisher admits she did cocaine during Empire Strikes Back

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Dec 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

Looking back at her time in the Rebel Alliance, the former Princess Leia admits to using cocaine while shooting The Empire Strikes Back—part of a drug-fueled spiral she pokes fun at in her new one-woman show, Wishful Drinking.

"We did cocaine on the set of Empire, in the ice planet," Carrie Fisher told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, while declining to reveal exactly who "we" was. "I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high."

And that train led her to join John Belushi's cocaine coterie—while shooting 1980's The Blues Brothers, the actor took Fisher under his wing and exposed her to more narcotics than she was comfortable with: "Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter."

Ironically, Fisher says that her ongoing addiction to hard drugs probably saved her life. "Because my drugs were illegal—or the amounts I wanted to do were illegal—it made it more difficult for me to get in trouble," she says. "If I'd been addicted to booze, I'd be dead now because you just go out and get it."

(via ABC News)

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