Inside Star Wars’ epic boozy night out with The Rolling Stones & Monty Python

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The force was strong with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in 1979 – and it showed in their wild nights out and the company they kept.

The glam pair had just finished shooting the second Star Wars film, the Empire Strikes Back, and were in London while post-production work was being carried out on the raw footage.

And then, like the Millennium Falcon swooping onto a TIE fighter's six on an attack run through the Death Star's Meridian Trench, in swooped Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame.

Eric had just shot The Life of Brian in Tunisia – a location the Star Wars crew knew well – and was back in London where Carrie was staying asa guest in his North London townhouse.

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To make matters even more incredible, the Rolling Stones were in town. And they wanted to tear it up.

Carrie Fisher shared the incredible story with Newsweek back in 1999.

The Hollywood A-lister, who admitted she "shouldn't tell the story, but what the hell", said: "I was staying in Eric Idle's town house in St. John's Wood—that's near St. John's Wort, only more depressing—and Eric had just come home from filming 'Life of Brian' in Tunisia.

"He brought this drink that he said they gave the extras so they'd work longer. I called it Tunisian Table Cleaner. As a rule I'm allergic to alcohol, and Harrison doesn't really drink either. But that night, there was a makeshift party. The Rolling Stones were there.

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"They were recording two blocks away. We stayed up all night and drank the table cleaner and never went to sleep. When we arrived at the set the next morning, we weren't hung over–we were, like the extras in Tunisia, more than willing to work.

"That morning we shot our arrival at Cloud City, where we meet Billy Dee Williams. And it's one of the very few times in the series both Harrison and I smile.

"To this day, Eric is proud as a papa of his impact on the trilogy."

The incredibly evening was caught on camera, in an image that has gone down in history with Star Wars fans.

Though he isn't in the famous photo in question, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, shared his own somewhat hazy recollections of the night when asked about the image on Twitter.

He wrote: "Carrie rented Eric's house while we were filming #ESB when he briefly returned from Europe to see a football match.

"I vaguely remember mocking awards shows by presenting him with his own gold Monty Python record.

"What I REALLY can't remember is Harrison ever laughing this hard."

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