Even Star Wars heroes and heroines get old - get over it

@boiboing (12881)
Northampton, England
December 30, 2015 5:38am CST
Carrie Fisher was never particularly gorgeous - but she was and is a woman of great character, humour and drive. I suspect she was chosen for the role of Princess Leia because she looked so much like the equally not particularly gorgeous Mark Hamill. The two played fantastic characters in an era when acting was perhaps a little more important than looking perfectly pretty. Nowadays, unless they are in their eighties - like Dame Judi or Dame Maggie - women actors are under pressure to look young, slim and gorgeous with the help of injections and plastic surgery. Carrie Fisher is totally fed up with people criticising how she looks in the latest Star Wars film. She's 59 and she looks pretty good for 59. She certainly looks less 'fallen apart and put back together' than Harrison Ford. I wonder if the film-makers asked Mark Hamill to lose 35 pounds ahead of filming like they asked Fisher? 21st Century media with its celebrity obsession has an horrendous lack of respect for the ageing process, I'd say it's pretty remarkable that all three of the original cast could be persuaded to go back to the screen with their wrinkles and saggy bits and we should be celebrating their longevity instead of knocking Carrie Fisher for not looking like she'd still look great in a horrendous metal 'slave' bikini.
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@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 15
Carrie did a special on HBO last year that I saw. She is funny and talented.
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30 Dec 15
We should be celebrating age, longevity and wrinkles, not hiding it away. Silly Hollywood.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
30 Dec 15
You are right nobody can be a super model their whole life. People get old, skin bag, weight goes on and so does life. By 59 you are doing good to not look too over weight and have a face full of wrinkles and a ton of grey hair to boot. I think people should not fool around with their bodies and do all this work on them. Some look horrible when it's done and it makes them look worse than if they had never done it at all.
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• United States
31 Dec 15
Hey, don't knock gray hair (just kidding). Mine started changing when I was barely twenty. It changed the fastest in my thirties. So cool to have a baby face and mostly white hair. Sure did confuse people.
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@LadyDuck (182173)
• Switzerland
30 Dec 15
This Hollywood mania to be "forever young" is silly. Most of the actors who went through surgery and injections do not look young at all, they look ridiculous. The problem is that more and more normal people are doing the same.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
Honestly the whole "Hollywood has to be beautiful" thing is overrated. Those poor celebrities primp and prod themselves until they are nothing but skin and bones! Then our children look up to them! It's horrible, and oh so very plastic! Our world is "plastic" Enough, let's leave our bodies out of it!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
Thank you for your comment. Of course it's not just the actors who are under pressure. These obsessions are damaging societies expectations of looks.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
@boiboing Have you seen pictures of the real "barbie"? I forget where the lady is from, but a lady underwent so much plastic surgery so that she could look just like Barbie. It's horrible!
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum yes, she's pretty scary, isn't she?
@Morleyhunt (21396)
• Canada
30 Dec 15
And when dentist feel every mouth should be filled with the straightest teeth. I understand some children need to have their teeth realigned, many correct on their own.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
That's also a very good point. Thank you.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Jan 16
some of the older actors now look more fake than real, they are supposed to look old, not all plastic!
• United States
31 Dec 15
It is a lack of respect period. People who are critical of women who age should look in the mirror from time to time. I bet they are older now than when Star Wars first debuted.
@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
30 Dec 15
The faces may look young after surgery, but the hands show the age. The combination of face and hands looks monstrous.
• United States
30 Dec 15
I pay no attention to the media as people they say are beautiful I don't agree with and other issues as well.
@zebra2222 (5188)
• United States
30 Dec 15
It has always been a problem with Hollywood being obsessed with younger female actresses.