Carrie Fisher never shied from discussing her love-hate relationship with Star Wars and its creator George Lucas. The late actress has critiqued everything from Princess Leia’s hair and costume to her weak character development, telling Rolling Stone in 1983, “But let’s not forget that these movies are basically boys’ fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.” She offered an even blunter assessment in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, in which she fondly wrote, “George Lucas ruined my life. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.”
Several years earlier, Fisher offered up the same assessment in a riotous roast of Lucas at the 2005 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony honoring the filmmaker. “George is a sadist,” Fisher cracked. “But like any abused child wearing a metal bikini, chained to a giant slug about to die, I keep coming back for more.”
Fisher riffed on the less glamorous aspects of her Star Wars legacy, joking about her “small, merry band of stalkers,” the crass commercialism of the franchise and the fact that Lucas owns the rights to her likeness. “Every time I look in the mirror I have to send you a check for a couple of bucks,” Fisher cracked.
With C-3PO and R2-D2 looking on, Fisher closed with an adoring tirade, praising Lucas as “an extraordinary talent” who “deserves every award I now spend the latter half of my Leia-laden life helping to hurl your way. And in conclusion, your honor, I hope I slept with you to get the job, because if not, who the hell was that guy?!” The four-minute speech exemplified Fisher’s caustic sense of humor and unending likability.
Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was set to appear in the upcoming Episode VIII and Episode IX. She died Tuesday at the age of 60 following a massive heart attack last week.