“I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt,” Fisher recalled during a 2015 press conference. “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.”
On Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand: “I hated him.”
“I hated him,” Fisher told the Daily Beast this year, when asked about her relationship with the director. “He fell all over Harrison, but he would yell at me constantly. He yelled at me one day, and I burst into tears, and it felt great because it f—–d up the makeup. I thought, ‘Oh, I f—-d up your shot? Now you see who really f—-d up.’ It took an hour for them to do my makeup again.”
On her literary idol, Dorothy Parker
“Like me, she was half-Jewish, she was five-foot-one, she had brown hair, brown eyes, and then later on of course she married a gay guy. But she married hers twice, so I didn’t do that.“
“I decided that’s who I wanted to be,” Fisher told The Telegraph in 2014, when discussing authors who have influenced her own writing.
“That was who I admired, and I started writing limericks like hers.”
On being made to lose weight before playing Leia in The Force Awakens:
“They always hire not entirely me; they always want me minus anywhere between 10lb and 30lb to 40lb. “
“Well, yeah, they did that on the first Star Wars,” Fisher told The Telegraph in 2014, when asked about the fact that she was required to lose 35lb before filming began for The Force Awakens.
“They always hire not entirely me; they always want me minus anywhere between 10lb and 30lb to 40lb. In this case I’ve been very cooperative. If I could’ve been as cooperative as I am in this situation in relationships, I’d be happily married. But I complied. I’ve learnt over time that you’re not supposed to like everything you do. That was shocking to me, to find that out at, like, 30 years old. Well, OK, if I don’t have to like it then, s—, I can do that.”
“At the time we made The Children’s Hour, there were not real discussions about homosexuality. It was about a child’s accusation. It could have been about anything. So none of us were really aware. We were in the mindset of not understanding what we were basically doing. These days there would be a tremendous outcry, as well there should be. The profundity of this subject was not in the lexicon of our rehearsal period even. Audrey and I never talked about this. Isn’t that amazing? Truly amazing.” —Shirley MacLaine