While the rest of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast has remained tight-lipped, Carrie Fisher is flying in the face of J.J. Abrams' convention. Though Fisher is being judicious in what she reveals—no plot points for instance— she has been chatting away in her typically unfiltered manner about returning to her role.
Fisher's most recent comments came thanks to her appearance at the Hay Festival in Wales, but she has been talking about being Leia again even before it was official, confirming that she would be playing the princess in Palm Beach Illustrated last March. Here are some of her best comments so far.
On seeing the original cast again
- "We all look a little melted. It's good to see other melted people," she told the audience at the Hay Festival, The Guardian reported.
On those buns
- "I [originally] thought they were horrible, but I was 19 and I thought they made a mistake hiring me anyway. I thought if I kept very quiet they wouldn't notice. George [Lucas] did say to me, 'What do you think of them?' I said, 'I think it's fantastic' but I did think it was awful," she recently told BBC Radio Wales.
- "That hairdo can never really be repeated without gales of laughter. I've begged them to put the hair back on in grey and just catch me cooking with the hair, like Granny Leia," she said at the Hay Festival.
On what Leia should be doing now
- "She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle," she said way back when in her interview with Palm Beach Illustrated.
- "I've always said where I want Princess Leia to go just briefly - the shopping planet. We've done all these male things with guns and lightsabers, now I think we should go and get our nails done," she said, changing her mind, in her BBC interview.
Fisher's Twitter is also a repository of goodies, including a hard-to-tell-how-fake-it-really-is feud going on with William Shatner. She also tweets her own take on the Star Wars universe:
Love from the forceful Leia of old & the wise, arthritic Leia of new...— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 2, 2014
May I recommend the jabba burger? It might LOOK disgusting, but it tastes bad. A delicate blend of slug with a bit of tongue— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 2, 2014
But as funny as many of her comments are, a number of Fisher's statements are also interesting given an ongoing conversation about gender being had around Star Wars. When the new cast was announced, many rightly pointed out how heavily male the cast is. Although news of another yet-to-be-cast female part mitigated some of the justified outrage, more recently news has spread that Disney does not have "plans" for Leia products. Meanwhile, Fisher herself admitted at the Hay festival that she would have rather played Han Solo. "When I first read the script I thought that's the part to be, always wry and sardonic," she said. "He's always that. I feel like a lot of the time Leia's either worried or pissed or, thank God, sort of snarky. But I'm much more worried and pissed than Han Solo ever was, and those aren't fun things to play."
Fisher has also raised eyebrows with her comment at an event this month for her mother, Debbie Reynolds, by saying that Star Wars hired her "minus 35 pounds." Though it's unclear how exactly to take that comment, Susana Polo expressed concern at The Mary Sue. "For now I’ll just say that I hope it was also a requirement for any other original series cast members whose post-Star Wars careers have not been subject to the rigid demands of action movie fitness, regardless of gender," Polo wrote.
It's unlikely that Fisher, who has always been frank, stops candidly talking about her Star Wars experience. And that's a great thing, whether for humor's or discussion's sake.
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