Carrie Fisher pulled double duty on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Speaking at Star Wars Celebration, director Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped doctor the film’s script.
“It was such a moving tribute yesterday, I don’t know if I can add to that,” he began, referencing the video memorial that was shown at the convention on Friday. “I love her so much, I just adore her. I connected with her first and foremost as a writer. She’s a brilliant writer, with an incredible mind. I’d go to her house and we’d sit on her bed for hours, going through the script.”
“And then at the end of six hours, there would be this four word line of dialogue that would be the distillation of all that, that was brilliant,” he added.
This isn’t the first time Fisher acted as script doctor, an often uncredited writer who tweaks to a film script in order to improve it. Fisher reportedly lent her writing skills to the “Star Wars” prequels “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” as well as “The Wedding Singer,” “Outbreak,” “Milk Money,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Scream 3,” “Made in America,” “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “Love Affair” and more.
Fisher stopped working as a script doctor around the turn of the century, telling Newsweek, “I did it for many years, and then younger people came to do it and I started to do new things. It was a long, very lucrative episode of my life. But it’s complicated to do that. Now it’s all changed, actually. Now in order to get a rewrite job, you have to submit your notes for your ideas on how to fix the script. So they can get all the notes from all the different writers, keep the notes and not hire you. That’s free work and that’s what I always call life-wasting events.” However, it looks as though she made an exception for Johnson and “The Last Jedi.”
Fisher passed away from a heart attack at age 60 in December 2016. Fisher was rushed to the hospital Friday, Dec. 23 after suffering a reported “massive heart attack” on an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles and passed away four days later. Her work on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be among her last.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles.The film arrives December 15.