Carrie Fisher Defends Princess Leia's Bikini

- Actress Carrie Fisher is returning to the role of Princess Leia later this month in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Recently, Fisher has given a variety of interviews about what it’s been like to be Leia for all these years, touching on such aspects as her interactions with fans and the pressure she was put under to lose weight for the new movie.

Now, Fisher has addressed another controversy: The recent push to prevent Disney and Lucasfilm from selling merchandise based on the bikini Fisher wore as Leia in “Return of the Jedi.” In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, Fisher took a strong stand on the issue:

There’s been some debate recently about whether there should be no more merchandise with you in the “Return of the Jedi” bikini.
I think that’s stupid.
To stop making the merchandise?
The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.

So in other words, blame Jabba the Hutt.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18. 

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