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Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News 12.27.17

Thinking about Carrie Fisher

All of the Carrier Fisher posts listed below contain some details that could be considered spoilers…

So, sitting here between viewings of The Last Jedi (I’m up to five) and reading the news, I am reminded that today, December 27, marks one year since Carrie Fisher — Princess Leia — passed away.

Knowing full well that my meager prose won’t match the flood of tributes that will post throughout the day (see Mark Hamill’s above), I thought I would use today’s compilation to stoke the conversational fires about “our princess.”

Simply put: Fisher’s presence will continue to influence the Star Wars galaxy and — more importantly — our own galaxy, indefinitely.

Thankfully, “no one’s every really gone.” And, as Hamill himself tweeted, we will “#CarrieOnForever.”

First up, is an LA Times piece by Jen Yamato that I missed earlier this month.

Johnson took cues from Leia’s character…

Yamato’s piece, entitled, “How Rian Johnson made heroism inclusive in Star Wars: The Last Jedi” caught up with the director prior to the debut of the film and quotes him saying:

I was very much taking a cue from Leia and Leia’s place in these movies going back to the original trilogy, and the impact she had on me as a kid — when she was literally the only female character…”

Yamato goes on to pinpoint the scene that was a game-changer for young Johnson.

“I remember the scene in the Death Star: ‘Into the garbage chute, flyboy.’ That had a huge impact on me. And carrying Carrie’s spirit into this movie felt really right,” he explained.

Carrie Fisher was a well-known and highly respected script doctor, adding needed personality and wit to films throughout her career and even on The Last Jedi.

Via Johnson, Yamato reflected on some of the writing Fisher did on the set of TLJ:

Fisher herself helped reshape an emotional goodbye she and Dern share in The Last Jedi. “I rewrote that scene with those two actors,” said Johnson. “Laura [Dern] really wanted to find a way to pay tribute to Carrie and what Leia meant to her growing up, and that’s where that moment came from. And the [response to Holdo attempting to say “May the force be with you”], ‘I’ve said it enough, you go ahead’ — that was Carrie’s line.”

And that line is a perfect segue into the next article…

News Flash: Fisher was funny

Fast forward a week. The folks at EW.com gave some more depth to the discussion about Fisher’s off-screen contributions to The Last Jedi.

“I would sit down with her and she would just give me … After an hour, I would have filled up pages and pages writing down the notes and one-liners that she would pitch,” said Johnson to Alexia Fernandez and Kara Warner. “And so we tried to work them in whenever we could.”

And how…

Johnson explained that beyond the Holdo/Leia “Force” line referenced above, Fisher also added some humor to one of the most emotional scenes in the the film, making a quip about her new hairstyle.

“That was her,” Johnson said to EW. “That was a Carrie Fisher line. Of course it was.”

Be sure to take a peek at the rest of the piece, which also includes some pure “Carrie” advice Fisher gave to Mark Hamill.

What Carrie meant to the women of Star Wars

Another piece you might have missed was posted on Dec. 3.

In “What Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia Meant to the Women of The Last Jedi,” Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan described the hole left in this year’s Star Wars film release press conference.

However, even in her absence, Fisher’s connection to her castmates, particularly the women in The Last Jedi, remained palpable.

Gwendoline Christie — Captain Phasma — said of Fisher:

What was really instrumental for me as someone who didn’t feel like they fit in that homogenized view of what a woman was supposed to be is that there was inspiration there. You could be an individual and celebrate yourself and be successful without giving yourself over, without necessarily making some sort of terrible, huge compromise.”

Buchanan also quoted Laura Dern — Vice Admiral Holdo — who added:

[She was] without shame… That’s what moved me the most about the icon she gave us but also what she gave us literally and personally, which is to carry who she was so directly and to share her story and expect nothing less [from] any of us.”

Kelly Marie Tran — Rose Tico — echoed Dern’s praise, saying:

Something about Carrie I really look up to — and it’s something I didn’t realize until recently — is how much courage it takes to truly be yourself when you’re on a public platform or constantly people will be looking at you… She was so unapologetic and so openly herself and that’s something I’m really trying to do, and it’s hard.”

Meanwhile, those people who only knew her via the screen and/or page are buoyed by the rich legacy of pictures and prose she left behind. To each of us, she is — truly — royalty… JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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