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Why Carrie Fisher Hated Her First Day Filming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens marked the first time in over 30 years that Carrie Fisher has portrayed Princess Leia. Obviously, the experience was an enjoyable one for the actress, but there was one specific day that left Fisher so nervous she has now admitted that it was the worst she’s ever experienced in her profession.

Carrie Fisher made this admission during the full-length feature documentary Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, which is being released as part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ digital release. Discussing the pressures of returning to the part, Carrie Fisher explained that she always wants to protect the character, which is why her first day back was so nerve-wracking.

“I’m the custodian of Princess Leia, so it’s my job to kind of protect her. It’s my whole life, so I was very nervous. The first day I had this massive scene. I was scared that I would make mistakes, and I made mistakes. It was basically the worst day I ever had on a film set in my life. It ended, and I got to go to sleep and come in another day, and it was better.”

According to Yahoo, the documentary then shows Carrie Fisher flubbing and incorrectly saying some of her lines that were set at the Resistance headquarters. J.J Abrams, who co-wrote and directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, looked to downplay Carrie Fisher’s first-day jitters, insisting that it was understandable considering how long she hasn’t acted.

The Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness filmmaker explained, “She hadn’t acted in a while, and I think she was nervous going into this. Once we started to do it, she seemed to fall into it very easily. To bring a character to life that you hadn’t played in 30-some years… I understand for all of them how daunting that could be.”

Meanwhile, Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo opposite Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, remarked in the same documentary that he was overjoyed to spend time with the actress once again. The 73-year-old actor said Carrie Fisher is “an amazing and unique person,” before going on to add, “we don’t see each other that frequently when we’re not working, so it was fun to catch up, and they had written some really interesting scenes for us.”

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens marked the first time that Carrie Fisher had played the former Princess turned General Leia Organa, the 59-year-old will return as the character for at least Star Wars Episode VIII and probably Star Wars Episode IX, too.

Carrie Fisher has already been sharing images from her time on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which has been written and is currently being directed by Looper and Brick director Rian Johnson.

Meanwhile, Mark Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker in the franchise, has also been peppering his Twitter account with pictures from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, too, which fans have been appreciating.

We’ll get to see Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher’s work in Star Wars: Episode VIII when the hugely anticipated blockbuster is released on December 15, 2017.

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