Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has paid tribute to the late Carrie Fisher in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter. Hamill recalled some of his most treasured memories of his friend and co-star and shared some of his favorite qualities about Carrie Fisher.
Hamill recalled his first meeting with Carrie Fisher and how the famously outspoken actress shattered his preconceived notions.
You know, she was 19 years old at the time. I was a worldly 24. So I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’ll be like working with a high school kid.’ But I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for ten years. She was telling me stuff about her stepfather, about her mom, about Eddie Fisher — it was just harrowing in its detail. I kept thinking, ‘Should I know this?’ I mean, I wouldn’t have shared that with somebody that I had trusted for years and years and years. But she was the opposite. She just sucked you into her world.
Hamill discussed how much he enjoyed being able to make Carrie Fisher laugh.
The lengths I would go to hear her laugh — there were no limits. I loved her and loved making her laugh. She would do these crazy things and make me do these crazy things, but I really don’t think they were crazy after all. In a way, it was a defense mechanism for her. She was so off the wall, she could use it as protection. Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing and it roused the protective nature in my personality.
Hamill expressed his gratitude for Fisher’s enduring friendship.
I’m grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies. I think it was reassuring to her that I was there, the same person, that she could trust me, as critical as we could sometimes be with each other. We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other’s guts. ‘I’m not speaking to you, you’re such a judgmental, royal brat!’ We went through it all. It’s like we were a family.
You can read Mark Hamill’s entire tribute to Carrie Fisher at THR.
Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016 from cardiac arrest. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, passed away the following night after being rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will have a joint funeral and will be buried together at Forest-Lawn Hollywood Hills.
Carrie Fisher will reprise her iconic role as Princess/General Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter