Mark Hamill Pens Emotional Farewell to ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star Carrie Fisher
Mark Hamill has bid farewell to his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher in an emotional goodbye letter. The actor, who played Luke Skywalker in the franchise opposite Fisher’s iconic Princess Leia, penned a tribute to the actress, who died last month, for The Hollywood Reporter. Remembering their time together, he explained that getting her to laugh was like a “badge of honor”. “She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life. She had an Auntie Mame quality to her. I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set,” he wrote, before recalling a hilarious incident while they filmed 1980 movie Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. “Once at lunchtime she said, ‘You should try on my jumpsuit.’ I said, ‘The one-piece white jumpsuit? You’re what, 5’2″? I’ll never get in!’ She said, ‘Just try.’ I put on that Princess Leia zipper jump suit and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer,” Hamill continued. “If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose and then she walked me around the back lot.” The duo starred as brother and sister on screen in three original movies in the franchise, before reprising their roles in 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Acting alongside the actress, who passed away at the age of 60, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, was a hugely enjoyable experience for Hamill, who considered Fisher “family”. “I’m grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies,” he concluded. “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.”
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