Carrie Fisher on the pressure to lose weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher spoke to Good Housekeeping about her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The topic shifted to the weight she lost for the film and the struggle to make that happen. Here is another cover of the magazine collectors out there:

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”

Carrie Fisher has had a long issue with the production of Star Wars films wanting her to lose weight. Back when she was young and got the role of Princess Leia for A New Hope, they wanted her to lose five to ten pounds. She didn’t lose the weight and started the film fearing she would be fired during the early part of production, which is why she agreed to the ridiculous “buns” hairdo. For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fisher says they wanted her to lose around 35 pounds.

I have always admired Carrie Fisher’s ability to speak her mind, have a sense of humor about life, and point out the things she considers to be unfair. I wonder if Mark Hamill will echo her sentiments when he is finally allowed to talk about his part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

(via Variety)

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