Part of me did fall in love with her. It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family. This is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was a one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all, whether she liked it or not. She was our princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into a fiercely independent, take charge kind of women who took our breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed. – Mark Hamill.
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Mark Hamill’s tribute to Carrie Fisher at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando.
The dynamics of Fisher, Ford, and Hamill’s off-screen relationship was an almost mirror image of Star Wars. Hamill later admitted he had a serious crush on his costar. Fisher had been awestruck by Ford’s tall good looks and laconic manner the moment she met him.“You look at Harrison and you listen, he looks like he’s carrying a gun even if he isn’t. He’s this incredibly attractive male animal, in every sense of the word. This carpenter stud,” she said. “I’ve never had that same impression of anyone else in my life. I knew he was going to be a star – someone of the order of Tracy or Bogart.” The trio became inseparable – Ford and Fisher particularly so. “Whenever anyone couldn’t find Harrison, you’d say, ‘Have you tried Carrie Fisher’s changing room?’” said Dave Prowse.