Carrie Fisher on how George Lucas stole her identity

Wheeljack35 - September 12, 2011
NewsWeek magazine has an article on Carrie Fisher and Star Wars

When I was 19, I was cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars. The mistake was I signed away my likeness for free. In those days, there was no such thing as a ďlikeness,Ē which is a funny thing to say coming from the family that I came from. There was no merchandising tied to movies. No one could have known the extent of the franchise. Not that I donít think Iím cute or anything, but when I looked in the mirror, I didnít think I was signing away anything of value. Lately I feel like Iím Minnie Mouseóthe identity of Princess Leia so eclipses any other identity that Iíve ever had.

As Iíve gone along, people will come to me and say, ďWe got the licensing from George Lucas to make these socks.Ē So my daughter can walk around on my face. I was shopping at Williams-Sonoma, and theyíre selling little sticks of Princess Leia that you put in your cupcake. Who wouldnít need those? I paid for it. How much money could I have made from all this stuff? I donít want to know. Itís too upsetting. Yet funny. For example, I found out recently that I am a type of marijuana. A friend of my daughterís actually went to one of those medical places, and she told me there was a type of marijuana named Princess Leia. I never liked marijuana, so the fact that Iím a type of marijuana is ironic.

Iíve teased George Lucas about this over the years, but heís never been apologetic. When youíre 19 you donít even think about these things. I donít know what everyone elseís excuse was. Harrison Ford was 33! He should have known better! Hereís where Iím dumb. I assume if thereís an argument to be made, Harrison would have made it, and if he made it, I would have heard about it, because we had the same deal. But Harrison hasnít fixed his deal. So this is an ongoing mistake.

Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity. I donít like to linger in this zone. Obviously, drug use is a huge mistake. So Iíve made some bad choices. Thatís reflected in the Princess Leia thing. I do not take it on. Me having a tantrum in the corner for my cut of Star Wars toothpaste? I donít want to get into it. Every so often, I wonder if Natalie Portman is getting more money than the none Iím getting. If sheís holding a check for Princess Amidalaís likeness in one hand and her Oscar in the other, that would piss me off.

(Source The Daily Beast)

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