Carrie Fisher wrote some of the funniest lines in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, according to director Rian Johnson.
The actor made her last appearance as General Leia Organa in the latest instalment of the franchise. She passed away in December 2016, after completing her filming for the movie.
Speaking to People, Johnson revealed that Leia’s line about her hairstyle when she reunites with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was a “Carrie Fisher line”. He also added that she came up with the “You go, I’ve said it enough” line when Leia is talking to Admiral Amilyn Holdo, referencing the oft-used saying “may the force be with you”.
Johnson said: “In that scene with Holdo, that was Carrie. I think that as Star Wars fans, especially as adults, you can get into the 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.”
The director also explained Fisher had far more influence on the film than just those two lines, saying “every single part of her performance” was formed from her ideas. “I would sit down with her and […] after an hour I would have filled up pages and pages writing down the notes and one-liners that she would pitch,” he said. “And so we tried to work them in whenever we could.”
Meanwhile, Johnson has responded to criticism from fans for not sticking to the series’ canon. “It’s because they care about these things, and it hurts when you’re expecting something specific and you don’t get it from something that you love,” he said. “It always hurts, so I don’t take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and lashes out on me on Twitter. That’s fine.
“It’s my job to be there for that. Like you said, every fan has a list of stuff they want a Star Wars movie to be and they don’t want a Star Wars movie to be. You’re going to find very few fans out there whose lists line up.”