“The lengths I would go to hear her laugh — there were no limits,” he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter. “I loved her and loved making her laugh. She would do these crazy things and make me do these crazy things, but I really don’t think they were crazy after all. In a way, it was a defense mechanism for her. She was so off the wall, she could use it as protection. Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing and it roused the protective nature in my personality.”
The column, in which Hamill recalls meeting Fisher for the first time, follows initial remarks he made Dec. 27 as news of the 60-year-old actress’ death became public.
The 60-year-old Fisher died Dec. 27, just four days after she suffered a massive heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, passed away Dec. 28 at age 84.
There has been an outpouring of tributes from Fisher’s fans, friends and co-stars, including Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and director George Lucas. On Friday “Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac released a candid photo of Fisher and Hamill on the Pinewood Studios backlot during filming of “Star Wars Episode VIII.”
Fisher had a relatively small part as Rebel leader General Leia Organa in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She had already completed her scenes for “Episode VIII,” in which Leia will reportedly have a larger role. Fisher was intended to return for 2019’s “Episode IX,” which doesn’t begin filming until next year.
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