Rian Johnson reveals the Late, Great Carrie Fisher Injected Essential Humour to Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is currently sitting at the top of the Box Office and whilst it has divided audiences, Director Rian Johnson has revealed the late, great Carrie Fisher’s influence on the script for the latest entry into the Saga.
Speaking to People Magazine, Johnson revealed that Carrie was behind some of Leia's most memorable lines in the latest entry to the franchise and added that she also helped him come up with a lot of the film's humour.
Confirming to People, Jonson said one of the biggest moments Carrie worked her magic on was General Leia's long awaited reunion with her brother Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Crait.
"I know what you're going to say," Leia tells Luke after seeing him again for the first time in years. "I changed my hair."
“That was her, that was a Carrie Fisher line. Of course it was."
Another major scene that Carrie Fisher infused with her unique sense of humour, according to the director, was in General Leia's goodbye to Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), after Holdo reveals that she'll be staying behind on the cruiser to ensure the escape pods all manage to get away safely.
In the moment, both Holdo and Leia go to say "may the force be with you", before Leia stops and says to Holdo: "You go, I've said it enough."
"In the scene with Holdo, that was Carrie," Rian added.
In fact, the prolific filmmaker continued to say that "every single part" of Carrie's performance was filled with Fisher's own ideas explaining "I would sit down with her and she would just give me … After an hour, I would have filled up pages and pages writing down the notes and one-liners that she would pitch.
And so we tried to work them in whenever we could." Rian revealed.
Johnson also revealed that Carrie helped him add more humour into the film, revealing "I think that as Star Wars fans, especially as adults, you can get into a mindset of wanting it to just be the heavy opera.
And I don't know, I was 10 years old when Return of the Jedi came out. That was the perfect age for it. And the humour and the slight goofiness of it also, and kind of the slight free-wheeling feel of it, and how it's unafraid to have fun, that to me is essential."
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI IS OUT NOW IN CINEMAS AND IMAX