LucasFilm have released a touching tribute video for the late Carrie Fisher.
Shown to the crowd at the Star Wars Celebration in Florida, and soon enough released online, the video offers plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as 2015’s The Force Awakens.
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars creator George Lucas were on hand at the event, and Lucas took time to pay tribute to Fisher.
“She was a princess. She was a senator. She played a part that was very smart, and she was having to hold her own against two big lugs, goofballs, who were screwing everything up. She was the boss. It was her war. When I was casting it, I said I really want somebody young to play the part. When Carrie came in, she was that character. She was very strong, very smart, very funny, very bold, very tough, there really wasn’t much of a question. There are not very many people like her, one in a billion. For this particular part, it was absolutely perfect. She wore a dress through the whole thing, but she was the toughest one in the group. It was a hard part to play, and she pulled it off brilliantly.”
“She was unlike anyone you’ve known, unlike anyone in this room. Her humor, her insight her brilliance, when you associate Princess Leia, you realize that was Carrie.”
Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd was in the Star Wars Celebration crowd, and she later said about her mother;
“My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began. She was imperfect in many ways but her imperfections and willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect. My mom, like Leia, wasn’t ever afraid to speak her mind and say things that might have made most people uncomfortable. (She) often openly fought her own dark side, knowing early on that we all have a dark side to fight, whatever it may be. But she knew that it wasn’t about the fight you were fighting but how you fought it, the way you resisted. She taught me by her own example, that the most evolved person is seemingly a contradiction, they are both the strongest and the most vulnerable person in the room. And that was her. That is Leia.”
Fisher will appear in The Last Jedi, with filming completed before her passing last December.