Star Wars: Episode VII‘s Carrie Fisher: “I Would Rather Have Played Han”
For A More Civilized Age
I would rather have played Han Solo. When I first read the script I thought that’s the part to be, always wry and sardonic. He’s always that. I feel like a lot of the time Leia’s either worried or pissed or, thank God, sort of snarky. But I’m much more worried and pissed than Han Solo ever was, and those aren’t fun things to play… I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt. They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That’s the best time I ever had as an actor. And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster. — Carrie Fisher to an audience at the Hay arts festival in Wales.
I’d wager there’s a significant number of us who’d like to be Han Solo, so Fisher is not without friends in this area. And as for a desire to kill giant monsters, well. I think that’s pretty universal as well. She also spoke about how nice it was to see her old costars again for the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII, and confirm that they all look “a little melted” by time; and had a great, biting answer for the question about whether she still has that gold bikini. You can read highlights of the talk here at the Guardian.
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