Some (not entirely credible) rumours circulated recently that Disney will be retiring all of its ‘slave Leia’ merchandise in the interests of political correctness.
In an interview, the Wall Street Journal asked her what she made of this, to which she replied quite simply:
“I think it’s stupid.”
“The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”
Typically candid, Fisher went on to say she never once had doubts about returning to the role of Leia in the sequel.
“I’ve been this character for 40 years, why would I not?” she said.
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“Because I’m going to be associated with Princess Leia more? There is no “more.” And I’m a female working in show business, where, if you’re famous, you have a career until you’re 45, maybe. Maybe. And that’s about 15 people.”
Fisher said that the sequel finds an older Leia having gone through some tough experiences that make her not find everything as funny anymore.
But as for whether she can relate more to the character now?
"No. I bring [the characters] to me. I don’t go to them. I don’t get into character."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on 17 December and US cinemas on 18 December.