“She will really live on forever.”
GAMESPOT – The cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi took the stage for a press conference in Los Angeles this morning, using the opportunity to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher, who passed away last year after finishing filming on this movie.
“I watched TV and film obsessively from such a young age, but [she] stayed with me throughout my formative years,” said Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars movies (not to mention Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones).
“She’s really interesting, she’s really smart, she’s really funny, she’s courageous, she’s bold, she doesn’t care what people think, and she isn’t prepared to be told what to do,” Christie continued. “And she doesn’t look the same as a sort of homogenized presentation of a woman that we had been used to seeing. So what was really instrumental to me, as someone who didn’t feel like they fit in that homogenized view of what a woman was supposed to be, that there was inspiration there–that you could be an individual and celebrate yourself and be successful without giving yourself over, without necessarily making some sort of terrible, huge compromise.”
Laura Dern, who plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, said FIsher was “without shame.”
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SYFY – The full press push for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now at full hyperspace, with director Rian Johnson and the cast appearing almost everywhere as we inch closer to the film’s release on December 15th.
Rian Johnson gathered together with cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Laura Dern (Amilyn Holdo), John Boyega (Finn), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) for a Facebook Live event, and the gang passed around an upturned stormtrooper helmet full of questions. Here are some of the best responses!
On which cast member is the funniest: John Boyega was quick to say BB-8, and the others quickly agreed. Hamill joked that if his beeps are translated, “he kills it every time.”
On which cast member has the best pet: Boyega again jumped in and declared that his British Nigerian cat was the best of the bunch. When Hamill brought up the fact that his own daughter’s dog, Millie, has over 19,000 instagram followers, Boyega came back at him with a response for the ages– “My cat doesn’t need followers, cause he’s got self-esteem.”
Does the cast ever think of stealing BB-8? Most of them do, but this is when Rian Johnson dropped a porg-bomb on the porg-ceedings. When one of the actors mentioned stealing a porg, Johnson said that he doesn’t need to do that, because master craftsman Neil Scanlan gave him a fully functional porg replica as a wrap gift. The rest of the cast instantly came down with a big case of porg envy.
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The Sydney Morning Herald – I arrive early at the LA hotel where I’m meeting Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, and my first impression of the actor is formed in a millisecond when I bump into her in a hallway. Unusually and ethereally beautiful, towering above me, there’s no mistaking the 39-year-old who stars as the indomitable Brienne of Tarth in the must-watch TV series, and who is reprising her role as the villainous Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (She first played the kickass stormtrooper in the previous chapter, 2015’s The Force Awakens.)
Wearing a see-though black Fendi top and narrow trousers, her blonde hair is wavy and bobbed. With her porcelain skin and 191-centimetre stature, she could easily look intimidating. But her bright smile makes her approachable, so I tell her, in an embarrassing babble, that I love her work and that my two daughters are huge fans. She seems delighted, as though compliments are not at all commonplace.
Is she enjoying Hollywood stardom? “I don’t think I would ever term myself as a Hollywood star… ever,” she responds with a loud laugh, while admitting that “things seem to be going quite well”. That sounds like an understatement. “Well it’s always great, isn’t it, when you feel a level of creative fulfilment in your work?” says Gwendoline in her lovely melodic voice.
She has every reason to be in good spirits. Her film career is in flight and life post-Westeros looks exciting. She has loved Star Wars since she was six, she tells me later, ushering me into her hotel suite and settling beside me on the sofa, poised, hands clasped. “Everyone wants to be in Star Wars. It is such a huge global phenomenon; I desperately wanted the role.”
The latest installment in the franchise sees Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in a prominent role with an apparently shocking twist. There will also a strong focus on a new generation of characters, including purple-haired Vice-Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern.
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