Star Wars Celebration: Carrie Fisher takes fans on a racy date with a princess

April 17, 2015 | 6:14 p.m.
"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, joined by her dog Gary, talks onstage during her presentation at Star Wars Celebration on April 17 at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, joined by her dog Gary, talks onstage during her presentation at Star Wars Celebration on April 17 at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

If Carrie Fisher has anything in common with Princess Leia, the forceful character she made famous in the “Star Wars” films, it might be her impulsive attitude.

In her Friday afternoon Star Wars Celebration presentation, Fisher, 58, told racy jokes, autographed the host’s shoes, took pictures with fans and even planted a long, wet kiss on a member of the audience.

What she didn’t do was talk much about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the upcoming seventh installment in the space opera and a main focus of the fan expo, which runs through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fisher reprises her Leia role in the new film, due out in December, but said she couldn’t “figure out what I was supposed to not tell.”

“I think they keep me away from stuff because they know that I have an inadvertently big mouth,” said Fisher, an author and performance artist.

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"Star Wars" fans Sharon Jackson, left, dressed as Mission Vao, of Las Vegas, and Kyle Jackson, dressed as a Wookiee, pose for pictures during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans from the 501st Legion costume organization show off their Stormtrooper gear during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Costumed "Star Wars" fans Corin Zinninger as Darth Reuan, Sharon Jackson as Mission Vao, Kyle Jackson as a Wookiee, and Brennan Zinninger as Carth Onasi, all of Las Vegas, pose for pictures during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Costumed "Star Wars" fans pose with toy lightsabers during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Dressed as "Star Wars" character Oola, Moe Hunt of Chicago poses with Roxy the Rancor during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A "Star Wars" fan dressed as Darth Vader leads a parade of characters from the 501st Legion costume organization as they make a dramatic entrance into the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans from the 501st Legion costume organization show off their Stormtrooper gear as they make a dramatic entrance into the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans from the 501st Legion costume organization show off their Stormtrooper gear as they make a dramatic entrance into the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A security guard inspects "Star Wars" fan and Modesto resident Steve Gwin, a member of the worldwide 501st Legion costume organization, during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion costume organization parade through the halls of the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Charlotte Davis, 2, of San Diego, plays with bubbles from a bubble-making R2-D2 during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Danielle Young of Salem, Mass., is dressed as Princess Leia during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Molly Ingham of South Carolina shows off her costume -- "Frozen's" Queen Elsa as a Sith -- during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Molly Ingham, right, of South Carolina shows off her costume -- "Frozen's" Queen Elsa as a Sith -- during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans Anthony Lopez, left, of Sacramento and Torri Robbins, right, of Denver show off their Shadow Trooper costumes during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fan Anthony Lopez of Sacramento shows off his Shadow Trooper costume during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Jovan C. of Norco checks his phone while dressed as Luke Skywalker during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A man who goes by the name of "Hyper" poses as a beach-ready stormtrooper. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor, stuntman and performer Lucky McQueede of Santa Clarita performs as Darth Maul cyborg, right. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Youngsters learn how to use light sabers during a Jedi training seminar. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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The Hodge family: Kelly, Milo, 6, and Dave, of Nashville sport their homemade biker scouts outfits from "Return of the Jedi." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A Star Wars Celebration attendee enjoys an exhibit at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans view the Hot Wheels' Life-Size, 150-mph Darth Vader car, based on a C5 Chevrolet Corvette. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Dylan Stalker of Long Beach, dressed as a combination of a spartan and Boba Fett, stands next to a giant Jabba the Hutt model. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Stryder Brown of Los Angeles is the Hip Hop Trooper, whose pumping music gets him dancing at the Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Retired Sidious," otherwise known as Delyn Murie, 74, of Riverside, uses his imperial walker to get around at Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Excitement rises among fans waiting for "Date With The Princess: Carrie Fisher." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Participants in a Princess Leia look-alike contest compete before Carrie Fisher took the stage. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Contestants parade across the stage during the Princess Leia look-alike contest. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Carrie Fisher and her dog, Gary, onstage during the "Date With The Princess: Carrie Fisher" event. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Carrie Fisher onstage during the "Date With The Princess: Carrie Fisher" event. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A youngster is prepared for a lightsaber fight as he walks through the dark shadows at the Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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"Star Wars" fans travel to their next destination at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Jessica Odell of Lisburn, Ireland, is dressed as Maris Broud from "The Force Unleashed" video game. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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William Teague of Austin, Texas. views dozens of Star Wars figures lined up in a display by the Kotobukiya company. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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In tattoo alley, artist Damian Cain of Britain shows off his Luke Skywalker tattoo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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In tattoo alley, Vinny Romanelli of New York City gives Angela Byrd of Modesto an angelic R2D2 tattoo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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In tattoo alley, David James of Arcadia shows off his Darth Nihilus work-in-progress tattoo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Malcolm McNeil of Ventura takes part in the X-Wing Experience Star Wars Battlefront. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Robert Gomes of Walnut, Calif., is Darth Tannos in the Millennium Falcon scene. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Eric Cajiuat, of Fullerton, is Jedi Elvis in the Millennium Falcon scene. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Chandra Chang of Los Angeles poses as R2D2 Hello Kitty -- or R2Kitty -- in front of "The 20th Century Space Opera" oil on canvas by Robert Xavier Burden. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A fan takes photos of some of the extensive collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the Rancho Obi-Wan Star Wars collection booth. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Jennifer Hobart, of Fullerton, creates her own Star Wars character with special contact lenses. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Fans dress in character and recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina from "Star Wars." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Fans dress in character and recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina from "Star Wars." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Fans dress in character and recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina from "Star Wars." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Fans dress in character and recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina from "Star Wars." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Calvin Heins, 12, of Los Angeles, wears a Jawa costume in front of a replica of the Mos Eisley Cantina from "Star Wars." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A young girl readies her lightsaber as she walks though the shadows at the Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment of the 501st Legion march in formation through the crowd during Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment of the 501st Legion march in formation through the crowd during Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment of the 501st Legion march in formation through the crowd during Star Wars Celebration. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Fisher was joined onstage by her dog Gary, whom she referred to as “BB-8’s stunt double,” and James Arnold Taylor, a voice-over actor who served as the panel’s host.

When Taylor asked about her reasons for auditioning for the role some three decades ago, Fisher said she couldn’t recall.

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“You have a bad memory when you get older and if you do LSD,” she quipped.

She reminisced about her time filming the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and talked about the surreal nature of working alongside droids, aliens and other science-fiction set pieces.

“Thank God I did not drink — it did not agree with me. I substituted. But still, you feel hung over when you look at that kind of thing in the morning,” she joked.

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in "Star Wars." (Lucasfilm)

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in “Star Wars.” (Lucasfilm)

Fisher talked about her character’s cinnamon bun hairdo — a look that required two hours in hair and makeup and often put her to sleep, she said. Later, she parodied Princess Leia on an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

“They clunked a hairpiece on, and it looked exactly the same,” she said. “And I was upset.”

She talked fondly about filming “The Empire Strikes Back” with director Irvin Kershner, whom she described as “awesome” and “an emotional director.” She said that filming “Empire” was different from filming “Star Wars” (later renamed “A New Hope”) because of the first film’s success.

“When you make a movie, you don’t know if it’s going to do well,” Fisher said. “You hope it will, and depending on the script, you know it won’t. … On [‘Empire’], you knew we were making a hit movie, and that was unprecedented.”

Actress Carrie Fisher speaks onstage during the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

Actress Carrie Fisher speaks onstage during the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

She also recalled acting opposite Billy Dee Williams, who was introduced in “Empire” as Lando Calrissian, a friend of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo.

“He was funny, and he used to, right before he’d kiss my hand, he’d say something incredibly filthy so that I would laugh,” Fisher said. “Something about the Force and it being with me.”

Fisher described a raucous night when she was staying at the London home of “Monty Python” actor Eric Idle during the filming of “Empire.” Idle had invited the members of the Rolling Stones over, and Fisher called her castmates to join them.

“We had a really early call, but you sort of have to measure, Rolling Stones, early call, Rolling Stones, early call … so we decided on both,” she said. “They’re a partying bunch of guys. … We stayed up pretty late , then we got to the set about two hours late, and we weren’t hung over — we were still in our cups. So if you watch the movie, it’s one of the few times that Harrison and I are smiling as we arrive in Cloud City.”

Actress Carrie Fisher is photographed in 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angees Times)

Carrie Fisher in 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angees Times)

Then, wryly, she added, “Doesn’t that sound like a euphemism?”

It was one of many flirty moments throughout the panel (which was officially billed as “Date With a Princess”), including referring to her character as “quite the space slut” and offering pecks on the cheek for fans who asked questions during the panels Q&A portion and a lingering kiss for one audience member who asked for a photograph with the actress.

She also made several self-deprecating jokes about her age, saying she envied fellow “Star Wars” actress Natalie Portman’s beauty and joking about the age difference between the veteran actors and the newcomers in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“What do they keep calling us? Not vintage … legacy! We are the legacy players,” she said. “There’s something a little ominous and wilted about the legacy players.”

And asked about her reaction to the newly unveiled trailer for “The Force Awakens,” she said, “I always think that whatever it is, I’m not doing it right. Isn’t that sad?”

But she said that filming another “Star Wars” film after decades away from the franchise felt “like a camp reunion.”

“I don’t like endings of fun,” she said. “And it was fun. A lot of fun.”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark |@LATHeroComplex

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6 Responses to Star Wars Celebration: Carrie Fisher takes fans on a racy date with a princess

  1. woof woof says:

    Great article! Sounds like it was a real hoot.

  2. uncle vito says:

    Poster child of why you should not do drugs

  3. Andrew J. Smithson says:

    Yeah, no way I'd ever want to be rich, famous, and on the stage at Star Wars Celebration with everyone hanging on my every word. Seems like she's having a lot of fun, too.

  4. legitimateballer says:

    They shouldn't change the story just so they can insert an african american into the movie for purposes of creating a greater appeal. At least the lord of the rings did not compromise on that issue in any of the movies. Lando is a favorite character of mine. I'm not racist, I'm just saying that Michelle Rodriguez has made a valid point and her theory has been validated by this amended version of star wars 7, the new Annie with Jamie Foxx, and the new fantastic four. There will never be a better Sue Storm than Jessica Alba. Sue storm is supposed to be the sister of johnny storm ("human torch"). I don't see how that's possible now in the reboot.

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