First of all, if you let a body of water stand around for a while, it will start to stink. Again, this was especially unfortunate for the cast member wearing a fur suit that retained smell, but it affected the others as well. Second of all, being cooped up in such a small space seemed to drive the actors (who'd been shooting the movie for three months already by that point) a little loopy. Mark Hamill would repeatedly pick up bits of trash and sing, "Pardon me, George, could this be dianoga poo-poo?" to the tune of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," which is amusing once, but probably less so for the subsequent 3,000 performances. Harrison Ford, meanwhile, pretended to chew on bits of the trash.
The actors were wearing wetsuits under their costumes, but that could lead to, as Hamill memorably put it, "rashes in places you never thought possible." And then there was an embarrassingly petty argument between Hamill and Ford, which we're reasonably sure wouldn't have escalated the way it did if they hadn't been shooting the scene inside a giant toilet. Originally, it was Hamill who read C-3PO the hatch number, but the line was switched to Ford. Hamill had been planning to swap his phone number for the hatch number and immortalize it on film. Instead, Ford decided to read his own number, which led to Hamill repeatedly pestering him until Ford finally read it for a take, then snapped, "Happy now, you big baby?" Hamill laughed because he knew he'd been called out.
Finally, according to Fisher, Hamill wanted to make his drowning look so realistic that he ended up bursting a blood vessel in his eye, delaying filming on his cockpit scenes. So let this be a lesson: Don't shoot your movie in a giant lake of garbage and stagnant water. Or heck, shoot the whole movie there, and market that shit as Trash Compactor: A Star Wars Story.
The Droids Would Glitch Out And Go Nuts All The Time
You may have already heard about how Sir Alec Guinness hated Obi-Wan, Harrison Ford hated Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher hated sobriety, but it turns out that even the droids were difficult to work with during the Original Trilogy. If you'll think back to the first movie for a second, you'll remember that there are quite a few droids running around Tatooine. Anyway, they all went fuckin' bananas, running into each other and generally being the Keystone Cops of movie robots. The problem was that they were all picking up weird signals from radio stations, which interfered with their handlers' controls.