Carrie Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia. Photo: Twentieth Century FoxFootage of Carrie Fisher auditioning for her iconic role as Princess Leia Organa in 1977’s original Star Wars film has resurfaced as fans pay tribute to the late actress.
The grainy black-and-white clip shows Fisher, then 19, going toe-to-toe with Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, as the two discuss the Rebellion’s plans to take down the Death Star.
“When R2 has been safely delivered to my forces, you’ll get your reward – you have my guarantee,” she says with a quiet intensity that obviously won over creator George Lucas.
The video ends with the actress staring down the lens and telling producers her name and age.
Fisher, who made her on-screen debut a year earlier in Hal Ashby’s Oscar-nominated Shampoo, had previously spoken of her instant love for Lucas’s wacky film idea.
“I thought it was a fantastic script,” she recalled in 2010.
“It was certainly inventive, and there hadn’t been a science fiction movie for quite some time, but that didn’t mean it was going to get a lot of money.
“I thought I would like it, but I didn’t think I’d have that many people that would agree with me.”
As Variety notes, the hit role wasn’t without its controversies.
In her 2011 memoir Shockaholic, Fisher revealed she was asked to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) to play Princess Leia, a request that was repeated ahead of last year’s The Force Awakens.
“They never want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters,” she told Good Housekeeping. “Nothing changes. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up.”