Arts & Entertainment

Carrie Fisher Explained Why Princess Leia Never Got Her Own Lightsaber

Three words: Sexism in space.
IMAGE Star Wars
Comments



Carrie Fisher's new book, The Princess Diarist, is a whopper, mainly because she details her affair with Harrison Ford while filming the first Star Wars, and also because her 19-year-old self described that affair in exquisitely painful detail. The book isn't too sexual, Fisher assured Stephen Colbert last night, but "the ion cannon will fire several blasts." Nice.


But that affair, by now, is old news. Colbert wanted to talk about Star Wars itself, and what Fisher thinks of her star-making role 40 years later. Specifically, how she was required to lose weight to fit in Princess Leia's insanely iconic slave bikini, and why Leia never got her own lightsaber—she could have used one. Depressingly, it comes down to sexism in entertainment. "Even in space, there's a double standard," Fisher told Colbert. And in space, even Princess Leia had to put up with an inconvenient white dress, a stolen blaster, and sexism when there was important shit to do.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Sarah Rense
View Other Articles From Sarah
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Details are scarce, but Vince Gilligan is returning to write and direct.
 
Share
The Pilot Watch Mark XVIII features stripped-down good looks and a case made of an entirely new material.
 
Share
Say goodbye to your 9-5 with advice from someone who's living the dream
 
Share
Captain America and Iron Man look very, very different
 
Share
It aims to be the prime app for first time Internet users.
 
Share
The rising business tycoon from Davao plans to raise P18.5 billion from the offering.
 
Share
It's the first time athletes will receive international sporting medals for competitive video gaming.
 
Share
Esquire takes the Ghibli out for a quick spin
 
Share
Load More Articles
Connect With Us