Carrie Fisher was attending the Calgary Comic Expo this weekend where she gave a brief interview to the Calgary Herald about her possible return in Episode 7 and more…
First she was in. Then maybe not. Then she was in again.
And now . . . ?
Yes, Carrie Fisher confirmed to a rapt audience at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon that she will in fact be reprising her most famous role of Princess Leia in a new series of Star Wars films, which will be produced by Disney. She was the first of the original cast members to announce her participation back in March, although apparently jumped the gun. Her publicist later said she was joking and that nothing had been confirmed.
However, it seems to be a done deal now. But for fans looking for a sneak-peek of what to expect in the new film, Fisher didn’t offer many juicy details.
“I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before,” she said during a talk at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. “I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”
The 56-year-old actress, novelist and screenwriter maintained her self-deprecating sense of humour on Saturday, fielding questions from super fans on everything from hugging a wookie (“Hugging is good no matter what part of the galaxy you are in. I recommend it with wookies and without”), to killing Jabba the Hut, to Harrison Ford’s prowess as a kisser. “Here’s the thing: There’s a difference between screen kissing and life kissing,” she says. “Harrison doesn’t like screen kissing. I believe one time he put an oyster in his mouth. Not with me, he just told me about that so I’d behave myself. So, not so great onscreen. But we were playing spin-the-bottle and he was better.”
Kissing Han Solo was certainly not as satisfying as choking slug-like gangster Jabba The Hut to death, which Princess Leia performed in her famous “metal” bikini in 1983′s Return of the Jedi. “What was his name? Jabba the Hut? I always get his name mixed up with other boyfriends,” she said. “Oh God, I loved doing that. You know, they ridiculously asked me if I wanted a stunt double to kill Jabba the Hut. Can you imagine? I got to saw that neck off, it was really, really fun and one of the highlights of my career.”
Even when the conversation veered into the darker terrain of her battles with mental illness, Fisher remained funny and upbeat. The actress had a much-publicized bipolar episode in February while performing on a cruise in the Carribean. “It takes a lot of balls to be mentally ill,” she says. “It takes three or four balls. It takes a certain kind of heroism. I only have bipolar, I don’t even think that’s one of the ones that requires the most chutzpah.”
“People who are bipolar have fantastic stories,” she added. “And if they don’t, they’re not bipolar.”
Carrie Fisher’s interviews are always very …. special! 🙂