Carrie Fisher has fired back at Twitter trolls criticizing the 59-year-old Star Wars actress on her physical appearance in The Force Awakens. “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well,” Fisher tweeted on Tuesday, CNN reports. “Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us … My body is a brain bag, it hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where there’s something to say or see.”
The actress, who reprised her iconic role as Leia in the new J.J.-Abrams directed sequel, re-tweeted harsh messages from detractors.
@carrieffisher So you want the money & adulation that comes with being a famous actor but not the criticism. Whoever told you life was fair?
— Tom Roberts (@TomRoberts983a) December 30, 2015
— SurferJoe (@surfJoeMalibu) December 30, 2015
Fisher responded with both class and wisdom: “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”
The actress also re-tweeted a supporter, who observed, “Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age.”
Fisher spoke about the shallow nature of Hollywood in her January 2016 cover story with Good Housekeeping. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” she said. “Nothing changes: it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up.”
As Fisher reflected in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, there were also personal challenges in reprising her iconic role. “I was very nervous, had a lot of memory problems initially – just horrific – and then it got better. I settled in,” she said. “You know, think about it, what it would be to make three of these movies a million years ago, and now, ‘Let’s do it again, only you’re 40 years older and there’s a lot to live up to or down – take your pick.’ People want it to be the same but better … I don’t know. So there’s pressure on it, more than most films. But then you get over yourself and say, ‘By the way, it’s the younger people doing it.’ You have to sort of like get over yourself fast.”
The Force Awakens recently cruised past Jurassic World to become the fastest film to surpass the billion-dollar box office mark.