Princess Leia is dead. Han Solo, 14 years older, lives on. Paradox? Too damn right it is, and Star Wars IX is scuppered by the look of it.
The year 2016 has given itself a name, it’s as bloodthirsty as they get in our time. It has slain a few of my close family friends and a whole list of celebrities. Is this the new standard in its obligatory ‘butcher’s bill’? Kill off at least 20 well known TV and Music stars.
There’s a common vein running beneath all of these famous deaths, a common thread of habit which is interwoven and that’s substance abuse. Linked to this are mental health issues. Carrie had started the journey to her ‘untimely’ death from the age of 13 when she began to smoke ‘pot’. It didn’t help that her parents were also celebrities and that this was in the late 60s
Carrie even did a line of coke on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. I often wondered why Princess Leia looked invigorated on the Hoth set.
Being remembered for the character you played in your last film can be a curse, especially when the film becomes the 3rd biggest grossing film in history:
- – Gone with the Wind (1939) – $3.3bn
- – Avatar (2009) – $2.78bn
- – Star Wars (1977) – $2.71bn
Not only did it become a legendary film, but it set off a craze, spinning off games, costumes, films, cartoons, conventions, a religion, books, and the list goes on. When Carrie is referred to as Princess Leia and hounded by Star Wars fans of all descriptions it must be something out of a zombie movie. She’s the only survivor whilst the whole world wants to get at you. I’m not surprised she had mental health problems. Expectations of people remain and when they see you in 2015 and comment on your appearance? Time seems to have no meaning to some fans and the effects of the human body like ageing not an issue i.e. it shouldn’t happen. You’re meant to remain the same person you were 38 years earlier.
Is this a ‘blood sacrifice’? An option, like take the red pill or take the blue pill : the red pill is selling your soul to the devil and becoming rich & famous; and the blue pill is remaining anonymous, happy and long living. These people had an option, though I’m not sure they knew what would happen – perhaps if they’d seen the effects of stardom on others’. Carrie may have seen the effects on Elvis and thought maybe she didn’t want this. She chose to do something she loved and that was to perform for an audience. At least the actors in the 16th Century playhouses didn’t have the problem of millions of people hounding them due to a lack of technology.
There’s a blood sacrifice in everything you do, a trade off, some more severe than others. These celebrities do things that take a mental toll, look at Michael Jackson, Prince and George Michael. They’d all done drugs and toxicology reports many had remaining habits. These were young deaths by today’s standards:
Carrie Fisher – 60
Michael Jackson – 50
Prince Roger Nelson – 57
George Michael – 53
With the blood sacrifice, there’s the identity crisis, there’s the persona you’ve been told to keep and uphold. Just who you are and were, is of no significance to the fans who come to see you and puzzle at the grimace you make as you hold on to your side and walk off the stage.