Turns out Jodi Foster almost accepted the offer to play the iconic Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars‘. And turns out, she turned down the role.
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the actress discussed what made her reject the role. Read on to know more.
Why Did Jodi Foster Reject The Role Of Princess Leia?
Jodi Foster has done a handful of iconic roles in her career, and she could also have been Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars.’ In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the actress revealed about being given the chance to role to play of a 14-year-old Princess Leia, but she turned down the offer.
“You’ve been in so many iconic roles, and we love what you do,” Fallon started by saying, “But I saw this on the internet, you were offered the role of Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars,’ is that true?”
She then said, “I was, yeah. They were going for a younger Princess Leia, but I had a conflict. I was doing a Disney movie, and I just didn’t want to pull out of the Disney movie because I was already under contract.”
Foster continued, “They did an amazing job … I don’t know how good I would have been. I might have had different hair. I might have gone with a pineapple,” referring to Leia’s iconic hair-do.
Who Played The Role Of Princess Leia Later On?
After Jodi Foster’s refusal, the role then went to Carrie Fisher, who gave the performance of a lifetime with the role, going down in history as one of the most iconic and classic roles of this generation.
One scene in the film, however, has a larger fanbase than most and the scene is – you guessed it right – Princess Leia’s gold bikini scene.
Talking about that scene, Fisher had told NPR, “It wasn’t my choice. When [director George Lucas] showed me the outfit, I thought he was kidding and it made me very nervous. I had to sit very straight because I couldn’t have lines on my sides, like little creases. No creases were allowed, so I had to sit very, very rigid straight. What redeems it is I get to kill him, which was so enjoyable. … I sawed his neck off with that chain that I killed him with. I really relished that because I hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight, and I couldn’t wait to kill him.”
The role is something that Fisher is celebrated for even after her death – which is how well-loved the role was. Though Jodi Foster would have done a fantastic job, no doubt, it’s safe to say that Carrie Fisher, in the end, was perfect as Princess Leia.
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