Carrie Fisher’s Cut Scene From ‘The Force Awakens’ Is One of Her Best

Carrie Fisher was (sadly) not a major part of the recent Star Wars reboot: The Force Awakens. While we’re thankful for the screen time she did get, we also wish this fantastic scene, in which Fisher, as General Leia Organa, implores a Resistance fighter to send a message to the Senate, declaring they must stand up to the evil First Order. In typical Leia fashion, the scene includes a deliciously funny and snarky zinger: “Not all the senators think I’m insane. Or maybe they do. I don’t really care.”

Check out the cut clip below.

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Fisher had already completed filming for her role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIIIVariety reports. She’d also reportedly wrapped for her role as Rob Delaney’s mother in season 3 of Amazon/ Channel 4’s “Catastrophe,” although it’s yet to be known how either franchise will handle Fisher’s death, as each of her respective characters was expected to return in later installments.

Watch Carrie Fisher’s Original Audition For ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’

This past Tuesday marked the abrupt and tragic death of beloved author and actress Carrie Fisher. This archival footage of Fisher’s original audition for her breakout role in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which catapulted both her and her co-star, Harrison Ford, to international fame, might be the one thing that can cheer us up.

Looking back at the decades-old footage, it’s no wonder Fisher went on to portray one of the most universally recognizable and beloved characters in film history, Princess Leia. Although, at the time of the audition, Fisher later recalled, she thought the part was going to go to Jodie Foster. And, when she was at last cast, Fisher told Good Housekeeping the film’s producers asked her to lose 35 pounds. “They don’t want to hire all of me—only about three-quarters!”

Check out Fisher’s powerful audition, full of her signature intensity and wit, below.

Celebs, Friends React to Death of Carrie Fisher

Photo: Riccardo Ghilardi via Wikipedia

“The force is dark today,” said Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars co-star Billy Dee Williams yesterday morning, after the news of Fisher’s death was announced following a heart attack while in flight from London to Los Angeles.

In a statement, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed the tragedy: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”

A day later, co-stars, friends, and celebrity admirers continue to mourn the death of the actress, author, and mental health activist. Here, we’ve collected some of the most compelling responses to Fisher’s death.

Harrison Ford released these words in a statement: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind… brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely,” Ford said. “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Original ‘Star Wars’ Cast Will Probably Be in the New ‘Star Wars’

Awww, the Star Wars gang is getting back together! While Carrie Fisher shared the news this week that she’ll be in the newest Star Wars film (I think we’re on, like, episode eighteen or something?) directed by J.J. Abrams, a lot of people (myself included) thought, "Uh, huh. OK, sure." But now an interview with George Lucas makes it sound like the casting is a given.

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek (via Vulture), Lucas shared probably too much information:

Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

You know what, George? Why don’t you keep that mouth buttoned and get back to us when everything’s settled. And I mean everything. Billy Dee Williams or bust!

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Promises ‘Star Wars’ Episode VII

Great news for anyone who likes nerds to suffer grievous self-harm: Walt Disney Co. has purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. for a modest $4.05 billion. The merger agreement includes plans for a Star Wars sequel—actually, three, for the full trilogy of trilogies, or nonology—with Episode 7 slated for 2015. Better dig out a costume and get on right line now.

George Lucas, the world’s foremost lightning rod for geek rage, had this to say in his statement about the deal:

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

So who should we expect to take the helm, here? As it’s Disney, they could always go full CGI cartoon—that would really make some superfan heads explode. Or maybe Chris Nolan can give us a “gritty” reboot of the whole franchise. Because what’s left to do after the second death star is destroyed? Will it be set thirty years later, and a dissolute Mark Hamill is just wandering the galaxy, using the Force to win bar bets? Did Han Solo marry into Alderaanish royalty? I imagine Carrie Fisher chucking her phone through a window and then taking hostages the first time they call to ask about a cameo. Now that’s a movie I would watch.

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Carrie Fisher Has Advice for Young Hollywood: “If You’re an Actor, Learn Another Skill”

Tragically, the first things that come to mind when I think of “Young Hollywood” are Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. If I could scream something into Lindsay’s ear, it would be, Stop for a minute to appreciate where you could be, where you’ve been, and what you’re jeopardizing. Her self-worth is dependent on the approval of others, and people are obsessed with approving or disapproving of her—mainly disapproving. She’s a mess. She should back out of the whole scene and move to the fucking south of France.

Life in the spotlight can be cruel. It sets you apart from other people, so that life becomes more about what you are than who you are. That’s what happened to me. It’s a privileged job, which is why everyone wants it, but it used to mean you earned those privileges based on talent. Now you can become famous for being a spectacle, and there aren’t as many restrictions on your behavior, so if you’re inclined toward excess, you will submit to it.

Acquiring celebrity can be an exciting thing, but there never comes a time, once you have it, when you can relax and say, Okay, I’m famous now. Isn’t this great? Fame is something you have to maintain, like a weird garden, and you’ll probably have to try to reassert (or replant) it at some point. Celebrity is made for ongoing newness, but everyone wants to maintain these franticly brief careers. Don’t imagine that Julia Roberts is just kicking back in her house with her kids.

My advice to Young Hollywood? If you’re an actor, learn another skill. Write a book or play an instrument—at the very least, learn to manage your own finances. Don’t leave everything to someone else. I wish I’d known all of this earlier, and I wish I’d paid more attention to my life as it was going by, but that’s something you do when you get older, once you realize that there are limits to everything.

Fame is based on merit, while celebrity is based on circling the drain. Celebrity can be pursued by anyone willing to open their mouth or legs in a gross way. Yesterday’s town drunk has become today’s reality show star. You can now buy fame with great tits and a great ass, like the Kardashian sisters. No wonder everybody wants to be a celebrity.

Princess Leia & Her Body Double, Sunbathing

When I started working on this post, it was intended as a sort of think-piece regarding Uwe Boll’s Darfur and how its serious, self-important trailer pitches a genocide drama leavened here and there with gunplay and the attempted revival of Edward Furlong’s career. The thing was coming together just fine — if a bit drably, I think — until a quick e-jaunt over to Sci Fi Wire turned up a photograph that totally derailed me. It is, as title of this piece promises, a picture of Carrie Fisher and her body double, sunbathing on the “Tatooine” set of Return of the Jedi. Uwe Boll will have to wait.

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At the risk of sounding superficial, I admit to finding this more diverting.

Lydia Hearst: Fame Fatale

So tonight at 6 p.m., hie thee to Norwood to witness heiress-model Lydia Hearst in “Fame Fatale,” a short film directed by designer/auteur Tara Subkoff for clothier Bebe … and it was co-written by Princess Leia, er, Carrie Fisher. Plus there’s a voiceover by actress (?) Jana Adams. That’s all we got, other than a suspicion that miniblinds are involved. Atmospherically speaking.