The legendary George Lucas is probably best known for transporting audiences into the sci-fi world of Star Wars. When doing so, though, he also invented the Jedi mind trick of undressing women without looking like a total sleaze.
Lucas directed fame towards the likes of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, among others, when he blasted the franchise onto the big screen on May 25, 1977.
On set when filming Star Wars: A New Hope, he reportedly told Fisher that there was "no underwear in space".
The director may well have told the Princess Leia actress to turn up on set without underwear, but she was no saint either.
"So they put the dress on me the first day and bring me to George," Fisher said on HBO's Wishful Drinking. "He takes one look at me and he says, 'you can't wear a bra underneath that dress', so I said, 'why?', and he said, 'because there's no underwear in space'. And the man said it with such conviction too."
You've got to give Lucas a 10/10 for his commitment to the mise en scène in the movie but seriously, dude, that's a tad creepy.
Simply removing Princess Leia's bra was not an option because the camera would then spot her nipples through the costume.
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The only solution, in Lucas' mind, was to gaffer tape them down. A dedicated Fisher taped her boobs down hard. I'm guessing that she had a painful job of ripping those bad boys off after filming, which required a drink or two to numb the pain.
Everything makes sense now.
During her time on the Star Wars sets back in the day, Fisher never let acting get in the way of partying. One night/early morning she stopped drinking with the Rolling Stones just two hours before the filming of the Cloud City arrival scene in The Empire Strikes Back.
Her extreme personality attracted a bit of flirting during the making of the movies. Fisher once claimed that Billy Dee Williams, the actor who played Lando Calrissian, talked dirty to her on set. "Right before he was going to kiss my hand, he'd say something incredibly filthy, and I would laugh," she told the Telegraph. "Something about the Force and it being with me."
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In the words of Fisher while describing her noticeable "weird little English accent" in the films: "It came and went like the weather or blokes all throughout the movie."
Happy 60th birthday, Carrie Fisher, the founder of 'work hard, play harder!'
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