Adam Driver has had a chance to do what few can say they’ve done – take part in a Star Wars movie that involved the late Carrie Fisher.
The two were part of both 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. But one thing the two might never get is that on-screen confrontation many fans are expecting between Gen. Leia and her son, Kylo Ren.
Driver stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week to promote his new film Silence, but also to remember the actress millions loved.
“As you can tell from meeting her, she burns very bright, and has such a great, very generous energy. For that suddenly to not be on-set – and we were talking about it in publicity or just in life – when you see her around a Star Wars event or anywhere, she just … to have her character, not just who she is … her character in the movie, but her character missing from a very small unit is a tragedy.”
Driver told Colbert that Fisher did indeed finish her scenes for Episode VIII before she suffered a cardiac event just before Christmas, and died a few days later. In fact, that was the last time he saw her – on set, as Princess Leia.
Fisher herself had sat in Driver’s very seat the November before, telling Colbert why she picked now to reveal her 40-year-old affair with co-star Harrison Ford.
“I would probably get early on-set Alzheimer’s and forget, and then you’d never know. I’d found the diaries, and I decided to publish them, and it was (jokingly) a mistake.”
Fisher also talked about how Force Awakens producers wanted her to lose some weight before assuming the role of Gen. Leia, joking that producers always wanted her to drop pounds.
“They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire three-fourths. The fourth can’t be with me.”
Fisher added in a later comedy bit on the show that the character Yoda “was real … and delicious.”
Driver’s new film Silence opens Jan. 13.
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