Actor and novelist uncovers good-natured combat against studio-ordered weight loss in new documentary about relationship with mother Debbie Reynolds
Carrie Fisher has disclosed how the makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens sent a personal trainer to her home to weigh her, remove unhealthy food from her closets and persuade her to exercise.
Fisher was at the Cannes film festival this weekend for Saturdays screening of the HBO documentary Bright Lights, about her relationship with her mother, the 84 -year-old Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.
The film, directed by The Cove producer Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, shows the 59 -year-old actor being persuaded to perform lunges and use a cross trainer.
While working out on a treadmill, the actor wonders if she will be retrospectively thinned down by Star Wars manufacturers if her character Leia Organa should die and return as a Force ghost. She asks: My topic is, if you die when youre fat, are you a fat ghost, or do they go back to a more flattering time?
At one point in the film, the fitness professional empties Fishers kitchen of unhealthy food and beverages. But Fisher reportedly opposed back against the fitness regime, buying cans of cola and refusing to do lunges.
Bright Lighting features footage of Fisher when she was a little girl, as well as archive material highlighting her moms years of Hollywood fame. The actor and comic previously riffed on the relationship for her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, which was later adapted by the author for the acclaimed 1990 film starring Meryl Streep, who received an Oscar-nomination for the role.
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