Transcript for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' cast, director on losing Carrie Fisher
Young heroes at the cross roads. Galactic conflict amid cutting edge -- what? The plot lines of "Star wars, the last jedi." The eighth in the franchise. The last to be filmed in Carrie fisher's lifetime. But change is in the air. It's time for the jedi to end. What? The most optimistic, hopeful character in the entire trilogy is now this cynical, bitter, elderly recluse? It's a daunting switch for 66-year-old mark Hamill. Through four decades of star wars friends and fans. The embodyment of Luke sky walker. It was very hard for me. As Luke says, and I agree with -- This is not going to go the way you think. That was certainly true for me. Each one of these characters is putting them through a really tough trial and seeing how they handled that. Played by Daisy Ridley, last seen at the end of the force awakens, that means a tangled journey. She's looking for belonging. She found with it the resistance. She found it in Han and then Han was taken away and she had to go away. She has new powers dawning in her. Yet long before such star wars identity crisis, the plain old teenage angst. Since his teen tantrum line in a new hopeful. Do or do not. There is no try. And the seismic revelations in the he wiempire strikes back. I am your father. No one has better understood his place in the star wars universe than mark Hamill. What were the characteristic that's you've arrested understood? He's a jedi. That represents a sort of virtue that is almost unattainable for a human. When I read this the first time, I said this isn't science fiction. This is a fairytale. There's a farm boy and a wizard. There is a princess. Somebody has to save our skins. There is a space pirate. We Rick our lives to save the princess. What does she do? She complains about the ship we came in. I thought it was hilarious. Is this like Mel brooks territory? But it was serious business. When the writer director presented Hamill with the last jedi screenplay. I saw the script in his lap. I said there is no world in which he reads and it says, yes, ma'am, exactly what I was thinking. Ryan is a deeply gifted story teller and film maker and such a nice person. It had been decades since Hamill had set foot on the millennial falcon. You can on to this thing and it is an exact duplication. I started getting welled up with emotion that I didn't anticipate. It just represented a really monumental memory of my career. Look! That career inextricably linked to Carrie fisher. Whose death after the film had wrapped. We didn't know when we were shooting that this would be her last performance. It is so powerful. It obviously now has a really sad extra layer to it. Even when she wasn't playing general Leia, fisher had been a guide for those struggling with the sheer size of star wars celebrity. It is very weird getting accustomed to being stopping you, going down the road. I felt lying I was put a hat on, glasses. On it was Carrie lead bigg example who would never do that. All right. This is all good. She was just authentically her. There was no covering up. It is hard to sugar coat it. There is no real upside other than the fact that she would have wanted us to laugh. Fortunately, fisher always made that possible. Even on the last jedi. In many way, we were like real sibles. We loved each other but we drove each other crazy. I adored her but what a handful. And always funny. We would go back and forth. Carrie, look, I'll just as crazy as you. I just ooze don't write books about it. Part of a geration raised on the franchise that gets to determine course and composition of the Lucas film. Like ABC news, is owned by Disney. To me star wars is a fun ride. If it doesn't make you want to go to the theater, get your star wars ships and run around in the backyard, it's not a star wars movie. Treasure, the saga's past, ever eager for what lies ahead. Not everybody loves star wars. It's been their thing. Not everybody loves bananas. But if you do love bananas, we've got the best in the galaxy. For "Nightline," Los Angeles. We'll be right back. He.
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