The Star Wars Celebration in Orlando 2017 was considered bittersweet by many in attendance due to this being the first without everyone’s favorite princess, Carrie Fisher. However, no one felt it more strongly than her on-screen twin brother, Mark Hamill, and this was evidenced by a tribute he had for her at the celebration.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher formed a strong bond on the set of Star Wars and an even stronger friendship after the film turned them into international superstars. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Mark Hamill has some truly delightful, touching stories about Carrie Fisher in his own Star Wars Celebration panel that was a nearly hour-long tribute to the woman he refers to as his “beloved space twin.” Fortunately, you can watch Mark Hamill’s tribute to Carrie Fisher panel in its entirety right now.
Mark Hamill covers plenty of ground from his friendship with Carrie Fisher, including addressing whether or not there was any real romance between the two, despite the fact that they went from sparking a romance in Star Wars to becoming brother and sister in the sequels that followed. Hamill said this panel was a way of helping him cope with the loss of Carrie, “I’m trying to use you as therapy to get through this together,” he told the fans in attendance, who waited hours to get into the panel.
If you haven’t started watching the video yet and you’re confused as to why the thumbnail features Mark Hamill extending his middle finger, he said this during the panel:
“When I think of her, she’s looking down from the celestial stratosphere with those big brown eyes, that sly smile on her face, as she lovingly extends me the middle finger. And that’s how I want you to think of her. That was Carrie.” And for those wondering about her final performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Hamill said, “Wait until you see her in The Last Jedi. You’re going to love her.”
If you have an hour to kill, it’s worth watching this entire panel. For another emotional tribute to Carrie Fisher, check out a special segment from the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel that included a montage of interviews and behind the scenes footage from all the years she spent as part of the Star Wars family and a lovely speech from her daughter Billie Lourd. You can watch all of that right here.
What are your thoughts regarding the various tributes to Carrie Fisher? Is it too much, nor not enough? Was there a particular tribute, either from Celebration or elsewhere, that moved you more than any other?
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