Princess Leia strikes back at ‘Star Wars’ and George Lucas

May 25, 2009 | 9:28 a.m.

It was 26 years ago today that “Return of the Jedi” hit theaters. Sure, there were a few regrettable moments in it, not least among them the ludicrous notion that Ewoks carrying sticks and stones could somehow defeat a deployment of armed Imperial stormtroopers. I was a 13-year-old kid in a theater in South Florida and I remember thinking, Why have the Rebels been so worried about these guys if they can’t even handle a tribe of midget teddy bears?

But there were also a lot of great things about the movie. Not least among them Leia’s slave-girl outfit. Actress Carrie Fisher remembers wearing it as well; to celebrate the anniversary, here’s a snippet of her hysterical roasting of George Lucas from an AFI tribute a few years ago.



–Geoff Boucher


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