Most mothers just want what is best for their kids. Unfortunately, that mama bear attitude can become quite overbearing, as George Lucas learned when he was directing the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. His star actress, Carrie Fisher, was not only playing a princess, she was arguably one in real life. She was Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds—A-listers who, at least in Reynolds’ case, believed her daughter should be given A-list treatment (despite the fact that her career was still burgeoning) and was willing to make sure Lucas knew his place. Fortunately for him, Fisher had no patience for her helicopter parent.
Apparently the budget for A New Hope, which first opened 41 years ago this week, was tight. To cut costs during production, Lucas had everyone in the cast and crew fly coach when heading to England. When Reynolds got wind of this, she called him personally to complain about her daughter’s flight status (she reportedly said it was “insulting”).
Luckily for Lucas, Fisher was in the room during the phone call. Taking the phone from her director, she promptly told her mother to “fuck off.” Yes, she told Debbie Reynolds—Academy Award, Tony, and Golden Globe nominee Debbie-freaking-Reynolds—to fuck off. We always knew Princess Leia wasn’t the shrinking violet type.
Of course, Star Wars went on to become a massive hit, spawning a franchise of films with chapters still hitting theaters today (technically tomorrow, with the prequel film Solo: A Star Wars Story). Fisher and Reynolds made up and remained close until Fisher’s death in 2016 (Reynolds sadly died the very next day). To think that a film series that heavily relies on father-son dynamics was briefly a mother-daughter drama behind-the-scenes.END
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