The cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, including director Rian Johnson and producer Kathleen Kennedy, cannot really stop talking about late actress Carrie Fisher, who died of heart attack last December.
While John Boyega explained how the co-star helped him in regaining confidence after he received backlash from the franchise fans, Oscar Isaac described a scene, in which he shared screen space with the actress.
"I remember—and forgive me, I'm going to drop the f-bomb, but that's just Carrie—she said, 'Ah, boohoo, who fuckin' cares? You just do you.' Words like that give you strength. I bore witness in a million ways to her sharing her wisdom with Daisy too," the 25-year-old English actor said while interacting with the representative of Vanity Fair magazine.
According to Issac, Fisher was an incredibly talented and dedicated actress. "We did this scene where Carrie has to slap me. I think we did 27 takes in all, and Carrie leaned into it every time, man. She loved hitting me. Rian found such a wonderful way of working with her, and I think she really relished it," he said.
For Mark Hamill, who portrays Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII, the actress is a non-replaceable person in his life. "I think of her in the present tense. Maybe it's a form of denial, but she's so vibrant in my mind, and so vital a part of the family, that I can't imagine it without her. It's just so untimely, and I'm so angry," he said.
Even, Johnson stated that he will miss the presence of Fisher in his life. "Out of everyone, Carrie was the one I really became friends with and expected to have in my life for years and years," he said.
The Last Jedi cast member Daisy Ridley considers the actress as her role model. "Carrie lived her life the way she wanted to, never apologizing for anything, which is something I'm still learning," she said.
Meanwhile, Kennedy revealed that Fisher could have been the centre character in Star Wars: Episode IX. "The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been," she said.
However, if the franchise fans are expecting a re-creation of the actress in the last instalment of Skywalker saga, Disney and Lucasfilm have no intentions to do so. "We don't have any intention of beginning a trend of re-creating actors who are gone," Kennedy revealed.