When it comes to someone like Carrie Fisher, who died at age 60 after a massive heart attack, laughter is a key part of the mourning process. Not, of course, because there's anything funny about losing a legend like her, but because Fisher was the kind of person who refused to take herself seriously and encouraged the world to laugh along with her. Case in point: Fisher recorded two episodes of Family Guy before her death that are now slated to come out posthumously, and somehow that feels like the perfect way to pay tribute to a life well (and joyfully) lived.
Variety reports that, before her devastating death on Dec. 27, Fisher had recorded voiceovers for not one but two episodes of Seth MacFarlane's animated comedy. There's no word on what character or characters she plays, or when the episodes will come out, but this was far from Fisher's first experience with Family Guy. Her first guest star spot was all the way back in 2005, over a decade ago, and she's voiced characters in 20 episodes since. That shows an impressive and heartwarming dedication to the comedy, and allowed her to worm her way into MacFarlane's heart in the process.
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
Everyone will miss Carrie Fisher immensely, but I can't tell you how delighted I am that Family Guy represents two of the projects that Fisher had in the can. She will also appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII, of course, due out in December 2017, but she is someone who can encompass the huge blockbuster and the beloved animated comedy all in one. I love that both projects are still to come.
This was a woman who had lots of love, but zero effs to give, who would lean her head on the shoulder of a fan that she just met to take a picture, and just as cheerfully flip off the paparazzi. I love her.
She was a beautiful conundrum, so it feels inherently correct to me to mourn her passing with both tears and laughter. She refused to take herself too seriously in life, so it's fitting that one of her posthumous projects is not an emotionally-fraught performance in a vast, Oscar-buzzy film but instead lending her voice to two episodes of an animated comedy. I have no doubt she had Oscar buzz in her, had it ever interested her in the slightest. But I feel the rightness of this upcoming comedy voiceover performance in my bones, and I will laugh through my tears whenever it is that Fisher's Family Guy episodes ultimately premiere.