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One of the best things about the upcoming, long anticipated Star Wars sequel Episode VII is that the original cast will be back. It’s also one of the most problematic things since it’s been nearly thirty-years since Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher last played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. It’s a problem because, well, they no longer look anything like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. So rumor has it Disney is putting them on a diet.
It’s only natural, really. Unlike Harrison Ford, who isn’t said to be on the Disney diet, neither Hamill nor Fisher has been a working actor in some time. Both have long since transitioned to careers in other areas of the entertainment industry. Hamill is a respected voice actor and Fisher has become a successful comedy writer. Neither had any reason, until now, to actually be Jedi-fit and when people get older (Hamill is 61 and Fisher is 56) they tend to gain a little weight. There’s no shame in that, it’s completely natural and actually in the case of Fisher I’m not sure why it’s even a problem, it’s not like they’re going to ask her to get back in the gold bikini. If you’ve seen Carrie recently, she’s already in better shape than she was a decade or so ago while struggling with drug addiction.
For that matter, if you’ve seen any recent pictures of Hamill, he looks pretty good for his age too, he just doesn’t look good for a Jedi Master. So in the case of Hamill, it makes sense that Disney would want him to get in shape. If rumors about director JJ Abrams plans for Star Wars: Episode VII are to be believed, then Luke is now a powerful, badass, aged Jedi master teaching young recruits. His role is likely to be fairly physical and not only will he need to look the part, he’ll likely need to have the physical strength to pull off at least a minimal level of stunt work. This isn’t a George Lucas movie, after all. Hopefully Abrams knows better than to foist a CGI Luke Skywalker on us.
So The Sun says both Fisher and Hamill are being given top nutritionists and fitness trainers to help them slim down while Harrison Ford will only have to take out that ridiculous earring he wears. I guess Harrison is already one of the attractive people.
Should Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have to lose weight for Star Wars?