The Speech Burned on Carrie Fisher's Brain Many people first encountered actress Carrie Fisher as a faded holograph image beamed from the R2-D2 unit in 1977's Star Wars. Since then, the apparition known as Princess Leia has become a dominant cultural image. Fisher remembers some choice lines in a 2004 interview with Fresh Air.

The Speech Burned on Carrie Fisher's Brain

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The third episode in the "Star Wars" epic is storming across the galaxy or at least the world this week. Producer and director George Lucas says this will be the last of the "Star Wars" franchise, a prequel to mark the end of the beginning, so to speak. Now the films have left a legacy for pop culture, from the sweeping John Williams score to new strides in computer-generated imagery to a raft of characters as familiar to younger generations, maybe more, as the icons of Greek mythology. Take the dialogue, please. Stilted, cheesy and hard to resist, `That's no moon, it's a space station.' `Luke, I am your father.' And, of course, `May the force be with you.' These lines have proved unforgettable. Just ask actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original trilogy. Last year, Ms. Fisher reminisced with Terry Gross on WHYY's "Fresh Air."

(Soundbite from "Fresh Air")

TERRY GROSS (Host): What's your favorite line or the line you think of as being most ridiculous from the original "Star Wars" film that you had to say?

Ms. CARRIE FISHER (Actress): `I have placed information vital to the survival of the rebellion of this R2 unit.' There's a couple of those like that. I know them still because I had to memorize them. `I have placed information vital to the survival of the...'--it's the whole speech of the--I still know it. That's what's so tragic. What if I get senile and that is all the stuff that I say while drooling? `Years ago, you served my father in the clone wars.' I'm some old, damaged--and they just are making fun of me and what the people do to me at night and just have me say "Star Wars" dialogue and they bring in their friends, you know, the orderlies in the old folks' home that I'm in. That'll be my next book. Me as an old woman having them dress me as Princess Leia in the old folks' home.

(Soundbite from "Star Wars")

Ms. FISHER: (As Princess Leia) General Kenobi, years ago, you served my father in the clone wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. JAMES EARL JONES: (As Darth Vader) I sense something, a presence I've not felt since...

SIMON: Twenty-two minutes before the hour.

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