May 27, 2014 11:54am PT by Graeme McMillan
Carrie Fisher Talks About Returning to 'Star Wars' 30 Years Later
As iconic as Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa from the Star Wars movies may be, the actress confessed this weekend that she wishes she had played a different character in George Lucas’ original space opera trilogy.
“I would rather have played Han Solo,” Fisher told the audience during an appearance at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. “When I first read the script I thought that's the part to be, always wry and sardonic. He's always that. I feel like a lot of the time Leia's either worried or pissed or, thank God, sort of snarky. But I'm much more worried and pissed than Han Solo ever was, and those aren't fun things to play."
There was one part of her time as Leia that she looks back on with fondness, however. “"I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt,” she admitted. “They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That's the best time I ever had as an actor. And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster."
Fisher wouldn’t be drawn into what part her character will play in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. “I would get in trouble no matter how I answer that question,” she joked when asked for details, although she admitted that she wanted the famous bun hairdo back for the new movie. “I’ve begged them to put the hair back on in grey and just catch me cooking with the hair, like Granny Leia,” she said.
She did, however, tease that her return as Leia will offer her the chance to correct something about her original performance. “We are doing it over again so I can get Princess Leia right this time,” she said. “I think less British. I looked a little pretentious faking the accent. It was sort of a viral accent – it came and went.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for a December 2015 release.