So, what now? You just might be thinking. Has George Lucas changed his mind on whether Greedo shoots first or was it definitely Han Solo. Or has it been confirmed that one of the spin-off Star Wars movies is going to be a mash-up with other J.J. Abrams franchises such as Mission Impossible and Star Trek.
No. Someone uncovered a new image of Carrie Fisher as slave Leia wearing the infamous metal bikini she wore in Star Wars Return of the Jedi. The image uncovered was taken circa 1983 on a beach in California. The idea of slave Leia has both its supporters and detractors. Personally I think Mrs. Fisher was stunningly beautiful wearing the metal bikini but I do believe movies should never be so shallow as to rely on such cheap gimmicks to reign in more receipts. I think the quality of the original trilogy gives credibility to this idea, as opposed to Natalie Portman’s rather blatant attempt in Episode 2 to sex things up.
Ever since George Lucas has sold LucasFilm to Disney the internet has gone Star Wars crazy. What is weird is that no one ever seems to mention the prequel trilogy anymore. Yesterday I came across just one article on www.scificool.com that only contained about a dozen pictures of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala. All the other articles question whether either Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles in Star Wars Episode 7. Carrie Fisher has of course publicly stated she wants to be back, but let’s face it…. Neither she nor Mark Hamill have aged well.
The irony of the slave Leia picture is of course that Wired ran an article condemning what it considered the sexism that is pervasive in Hollywood movies. Female roles in movies have to walk a tight rope between being seen as ‘enabled’ by allowing their sexuality to come to the forefront and blatant sexist exploitation. You can read the Wired article by clicking the following link (http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/02/opinion-star-wars-females-media/).
Another irony is that Carrie Fisher became such a 80’s sex symbol because of her own doing. She regarded her roles in Star Wars A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as being similar to an on-screen nun. The discussion about the slave Leia pictures will probably not end soon. In fact it seems to be a recurring theme in Carrie Fisher’s and William Shatner’s pseudo feud. Mrs. Fisher suggests William Shatner subconsciously desires to wear the slave Leia metal bikini himself. Now that is one feud I hope will never be settled!
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