Mark Hamill's Carrie Fisher Tribute Perfectly Captures Everything You Love About Their Friendship — PHOTOS
For fans of Star Wars, Carrie Fisher's death still stings one year later — a sentiment that seems to go double for her on-screen brother. Mark Hamill paid tribute to Fisher on social media, and if you didn't already have all the feels, then grab yourself a tissue. The actor posted a collage on Twitter, featuring two photos of Hamill with Fisher and a drawing with the Wishful Drinking author posed as a saint holding her dog, and BFF, Gary Fisher. The illustration by Lindsay Van Ekelenburg is appropriately titled "Blessed Rebel Queen, Carrie Fisher."
Above the selection of pictures that you probably can't look through without tearing up at least a little, Hamill wrote, "No one's ever really gone..." with the hashtags "AlwaysWithUs" and "CarrieOnForever." The public tribute summed up the beautiful relationship shared by the two co-stars, and the feelings many have had since Fisher's death.
Hamill and Fisher first met on the set for the original Star Wars, when he was just 24 and she was 19. Hamill described being "in awe of her" in a guest column he wrote detailing his early relationship with her for The Hollywood Reporter. The two played brother and sister Luke and Leia, twins who were separated at birth but were brought together by the plot. Fisher and Hamill's friendship continued to build and grow with plenty of ups and downs as they filmed the original trilogy together throughout the late 1970s and mid '80s. The friendship only ended due to Fisher's death on December 27, 2016. She was 60 years old.
In the year since her death, Hamill has spoken openly about how much his relationship with Fisher meant to him. He wrote in the aforementioned THR article,
"We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other’s guts... We went through it all. It’s like we were a family. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was."
The two actors were reunited in recent years with the new additions to the Star Wars franchise: 2015'sThe Force Awakens and 2017's The Last Jedi. Though Fisher didn't live to see the release of the latter, she had completed filming her scenes before her death. Her character, now a general in the resistance, played an important part in the new movie's epic space battles, and she even got to show off her ability to use the Force.
Hamill told AP last summer that, even though fans might miss Fisher while watching Episode VIII, Fisher would want viewers to enjoy the experience. He explained:
"It is different. [Carrie] was irreplaceable... I hate that it adds an air of melancholy to the film because it doesn't deserve it. I know for a fact she would obviously want us to be having fun. She was all about laughter and enjoying the moment."
That love of life and laughter were indeed qualities that made many viewers and readers adore Fisher. In the year since her death, the actor, as Princess Leia, became the unofficial face of the Women's March, and many people have spoken out about the positive affects of Fisher's passionate mental health advocacy on their lives. Many people also celebrated Fisher's legacy on December 27 by using Hamill's "CarrieOnForever" hashtag.
Some created fan art:
Others shared their favorite Fisher quotes, like, "Sometimes you can only find Heaven by Slowly backing away from Hell."
Or the quote she requested for her own obituary: "She drowned in the moonlight, strangled by her own bra."
While most people cannot boast the same close relationship Hamill had with Fisher, his tribute certainly rings true to those touched by her acting performances and by her writing.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the name of the artist who drew the illustration of Fisher in Hamill's tweet.