Star Wars’ Mark Hamill writes touching new tribute to Carrie Fisher

Actor Mark Hamill has written a touching tribute to his friend and Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher, who died last week.

The two actors, who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia respectively in the original Star Wars trilogy, enjoyed a close relationship that stretched back to their first time on screen together in 1977’s A New Hope.

In a column for The Hollywood Reporter, 65-year-old Hamill recalled both his professional relationship and personal friendship with Fisher, who passed away on December 27 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

“She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life,” Hamill wrote. “I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor… The lengths I would go to hear her laugh — there were no limits. I loved her and loved making her laugh.

“She was so off the wall, she could use it as protection. Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing and it roused the protective nature in my personality.”

“Like I say, she was a handful. She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”

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