Carrie Fisher: Disney Has Hired Me a Trainer (Is There a Metal Bikini in Her Future?)

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Every fanboy's dream date says she's getting back in shape for her return to her most famous role.

Saturday, Carrie Fisher appeared at the Calgary Comic Expo, a comic and fantasy convention in Western Canada, and spoke about her experiences in the first three "Star Wars" movies. This of course led to the inevitable question ... is Fisher returning as Princess Leia in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first major "Star Wars" project since LucasFilm was purchased by Disney?

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While Disney has yet to officially confirm her casting, George Lucas pretty much did spill the beans. And now Fisher is saying Disney wants her for the project, but would like her to drop some weight first.

"I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before," Fisher said, according to the Calgary Herald. "I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything."

This invites the question: Is Disney hoping the 56-year-old Fisher will be up for wearing the iconic slave girl costume (aka "the metal bikini") that set pulses racing in "Return Of The Jedi"? Fisher offered no clues, but in a world where we will be getting six "Star Wars" movies between 2015 and 2020, which no one imagined could happen prior to the Disney/LucasFilm deal, anything seems possible. Besides, the impressionable young men who saw her in "Return of the Jedi" in 1983 are nearly three decades older themselves; they may well be in the market to see Fisher deliver some age-appropriate sexiness as Princess Leia.

On stage in Calgary, Fisher mostly talked about her experiences in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, answering questions about killing Jabba the Hut on screen ("Oh God, I loved doing that. You know, they ridiculously asked me if I wanted a stunt double to kill Jabba the Hut. Can you imagine? I got to saw that neck off, it was really, really fun and one of the highlights of my career"), revealing that Harrison Ford doesn't like kissing his leading ladies on screen ("Not so great onscreen, but we were playing spin-the-bottle and he was better"), and saying giving Chewbacca a hug was a good thing ("Hugging is good no matter what part of the galaxy you are in. I recommend it with wookies and without").

She also divulged her "Star Wars" undergarments ... or lack thereof (see video below at 1:30-in). "George did not let me wear a bra in the [first] movie," Fisher said of her Princess Leia costume. "They used masking tape -- except for one scene when Mark [Hamill] arrives and R2 is blown up and we run under the ship... please look closely at what's happening as I run toward the arriving mark," she said as the fan-filled audience laughed.

Fisher, always a fearless interview subject, even discussed an embarrassing episode in February where she experienced a bipolar episode while performing her one-woman-show aboard a cruise ship. "It takes a lot of balls to be mentally ill," Fisher said. "It takes three or four balls. It takes a certain kind of heroism. I only have bipolar, I don't even think that's one of the ones that requires the most chutzpah."

If Fisher is heroic enough to be bipolar, time will tell if she also has the guts to wear that metal bikini again on screen ... or even go bra-less!

Watch a clip of Carrie Fisher at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo: