Actress and author Carrie Fisher has recently revealed that the makers of “The Force Awakens” sent a personal trainer to her home to force her to lose a lot of weight for her role as General Leia in the seventh “Star Wars” movie, reports The Telegraph.
Carrie Fisher who played the role of Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy as well, said that the trainer continuously monitored her figure and sent her physical measurements back to the studio for feedback. She was put under an intense fitness regime and was made to perform lunges and use a cross trainer. “They make them report on my weight,” Fisher said. “They take measurements. It’s intense.”
In the HBO documentary “Bright Lights” directed by Fisher Stevens, Carrie Fisher reveals footage of her “Star Wars” trainer emptying unhealthy junk foods from her kitchen cupboards and the actress fighting back. She rebelled against her trainer by buying cans of cola and refusing lunges by shouting: “That’s my waterloo,” notes The Telegraph.
In December last year, Carrie Fisher had slammed those on Twitter who expressed their dislike for the ageing actor’s figure. She had also criticised Hollywood’s obsession with youth and physical beauty. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes: it’s an appearance-driven thing,” she told the magazine. She added that “I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger because that’s how easy it is,” she had told Britain’s Good Housekeeping magazine.
She reminded everyone that “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”
“Bright Lights” explores Fisher’s life from her childhood to the present day. It also reveals her relationship with her brother, mother and actress Debbie Reynolds, famous for her Oscar-nominated performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and her dog Gary.
Watch a clip from the documentary below.