Why Carrie Fisher Suffered Her 'Worst Day Ever' on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher Suffered Her Worst Acting Day on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

If anybody could command a film set with star power and self-confidence, it would seem to be Carrie Fisher while shooting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The actress not only created the iconic role of Princess Leia in the famed franchise, but played her in three of the biggest movies of all time. After returning to Leia for “Force Awakens,” Fisher swatted back criticism about her age and looks with her usual blunt humor.

So it may come as some surprise that she faced not only jitters but career-low terror when she inhabited Leia again for the first time since 1983’s “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.”

Carrie Fisher Speaks of the Pressure of Reprising Leia Role

“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,” Fisher, 59, says on a documentary included with the DVD release of “The Force Awakens,” according to Yahoo.The first day I had was 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.”

Director J.J. Abrams offers a reason why she may have had less confidence on the set as she displayed on her twitter feed.

“She hadn’t acted in a while, and I think she was nervous going into this,” he says in the documentary. “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.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrived on iTunes and other digital download services on Friday and is available on DVD on Tuesday. The accompanying “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” is a feature-length documentary with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and other extras.

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