With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ sadly being the last installment we’ll see Carrie Fisher star in for the Star Wars saga, it is at least fun to learn that this critically acclaimed writer and actor was responsible for helping pen many of her most iconic moments in the film. We know that the film was dedicated “in loving memory of our princess,” and it seems that she worked in all areas of production on it. We know that the third movie in the current trilogy was supposed to have her as the focus as this one spotlighted Luke Skywalker but Fisher was still able to give a stunning goodbye in her own way.
Obviously, talking about the key moments she helped create means we’re going to be entering spoiler territory here so this is your chance to head back if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
After a long time apart, the Skywalker twins are reunited and we see Leia making a joke about having changed her hair being the big difference since they last saw one another. This one is just many of the areas that Fisher helped create a line.
When talking about this scene and what filming on set was like this day, director Rian Johnson stated:
“It’s bizarre because, you know, obviously we didn’t know that it was gonna be a farewell scene. And it’s odd because I remember when we were shooting the Luke-Leia scene, it felt like church on set. It was usually a jovial set, you know, a really happy, bouncy set. And that day, everyone was just quiet and just watching these two.
It was like a hush over the whole set. it really did feel like church. I remember there being a weight to the whole thing and we all just felt like, we’re seeing something really special happen. In a way that it never, ever was on the set for us. There was, very weirdly, weight.”
This isn’t the first time Johnson has spoken about working with Fisher either as on a panel he previously described their creative process:
“She is a brilliant writer, an incredible mind. I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts. We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”
Another area she helped collaborate was her moment with Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. When Leia uttered the words “So much loss, “I can’t take any more” we found out that Dern wrote her response of “Sure you can. You taught me how.” It was later revealed that she wrote this both to Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia as she always looked up to this iconic woman.
As to the end of this conversation? Johnson revealed that:
“And then they both say, ‘May the Force be with you, always’ together. That was Carrie, too.
That whole Holdo scene, that goodbye scene was actually completely rewritten with Carrie and with Laura. The three of us got together and worked through it. And the real heart of that scene came from Laura. It was her saying, ‘I just feel like, from my character to Leia, but also me to Carrie, I want to express what she means to me. I want to express my gratitude.”
We might not ever know the full extent as to the lines that Fisher contributed to though it will likely be quite a bit.
Are you happy to hear that Carrie Fisher was able to weigh in so significantly on her final performance as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Were you happy with the lines that she had in the film? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Daily Beast