Today Star Wars Celebration went into full swing, giving us this amazing trailer for The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, with all the cast together, Carrie Fisher’s loss was more apparent than ever. None were more aware of this than George Lucas, who at the close of the celebration marking the 40th anniversary, presented a tribute to the departed actress and writer.
In an emotional speech, Lucas remarked: “She was the boss. It was her war… she was that character. There are not very many people like her. They are one in a billion. For this particular part, it was absolutely perfect.”
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Fisher‘s daughter, Billie Lourd took this photo backstage. Lourd starred in The Force Awakens and will be back in the same role, Lieutenant Connix, for The Last Jedi next year.
Lourd remarked: “My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began. A character synonymous with the idea of the ultimate strong woman. A soldier, a fighter: a beyond capable independent sensible woman in control of her own destiny. A rebel who resisted the norm… she knew it wasn’t about the fight but how you fought it.”
The tribute not only emphasises Fisher‘s considerable acting chops through the clips of Leia, but also uses interviews to show her wit and sensitivity. Not only does it feature the now legendary interview of Fisher alongside her dog, Gary, it shows her referencing her troubled personal life with grace and humour. She quips: “When you get older and you’re a celebrity, everything just calms down, and you just feel good about yourself and confident all the time. That’s why people want to be celebrities… okay that’s not true.”
The tribute wells on her considerable legacy among women in Hollywood, with Gwendolyn Christie dwelling on Fisher‘s strong example set for young girls across the world. Ultimately it closes in the best possible nod to the phenomenon that was Carrie Fisher; firstly, it shows her final lines in the Force Awakens: “May the Force be with you” then reveals a great example of her wry, self-deprecating humour. “I hope I slept with you to get the job, because if not, who the hell was that guy?!”
May the Force be with her. She will be missed.
Carrie Fisher (1956-2011)