“The Last Jedi” has been released to theaters worldwide, and fans of the beloved “Star Wars” franchise who have seen the film are probably still shaken from the powerful and tearful moments that featured the late Carrie Fisher in her iconic role of General Leia Organa. To add meaning to the actress’ final scenes on film, director Rian Johnson has revealed that Fisher also had a hand in writing those powerful scenes.
In an interview, Johnson shared that Fisher helped write the reunion scene between twin siblings Organa and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). It was the first time that the characters were featured in a scene together since “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, and it is perhaps the most powerful scene in the entire movie.
Johnson remembers how Fisher loved adding humor to the script. “She loved one-liners and jokes,” Johnson said. “She could just pop out so many jokes.” The director said that Organa’s quick-witted reaction to Luke’s return was written by Fisher herself.
“Luke, I know what you’re going to say,” she says in the film. “I changed my hair.”
Aside from being an actress, Fisher is a known scriptwriter who began by famously adapting George Lucas’ dialogue for 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.” After she moved on from her acting career, she became a script doctor and worked on many classics like “Hook” and “Sister Act.”
Johnson also described how it was like to have “Star Wars” giants Hamill and Fisher working a scene together. “I remember when we were shooting the Luke-Leia scene, it felt like church on set,” he said. “It was usually a jovial set, you know, a really happy, bouncy set. And that day, everyone was just quiet and just watching these two.”
“No one’s ever really gone,” were Skywalker’s final words to his sister during their scene. The statement was meant to comfort her after the demise of her husband, Han Solo, in 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” Now, the same words serve as encouragement for fans of Fisher, who passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, months after shooting “The Last Jedi.”