Carrie Fisher Had A Special "In Memoriam" Wish
Welp. Time to get out your tissues, guys, because someone's about to start chopping onions up in here. ABC News has recovered a 2010 interview with the late Carrie Fisher, who quipped she wanted Harrison Ford to sing at her Oscars tribute, in the event he outlived her. Yeesh, I know. Right in the feels.
Fisher dropped that then-wistful wish into conversation on the Rebel Force Radio podcast. While being interviewed by hosts Jimmy McInerney and Jason Swank, Fisher reportedly mentioned the request very casually: "I asked him [at a party] if he would be in my death reel, and if he would sing. It’s just something I want." Fisher also joked that she would want Ford to sing "Melancholy Wookie," a song that unfortunately doesn't exist IRL, but I'd love if it did.
Fisher and Ford, for those still somehow out of the loop, were co-stars in the original Star Wars trilogy, from 1977 to 1983, playing the (sometimes literally) star-crossed lovers and Rebel fighters Princess Leia and Han Solo. Fisher and Ford have maintained their friendship over the years. With the sudden and unexpected passing of Fisher back in December 2016, it's time we all start campaigning for Ford to make the singing tribute a reality. Don't you think?
You have to admit, it would be pretty lovely if Ford got up on the Oscars stage and did anything to pay tribute to Fisher, let alone sing. Although, a song would be kinda the best way to honor her, because in Ford's case, he can't sing. At least, he's never sung in a film; the closest we've ever come was in an interview with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, and even that was just a few half-spoken, half-sung lyrics.
There's also the thorny question of whether or not Fisher (and hopefully her mother, actor Debbie Reynolds, who died mere hours after Fisher) will be honored at the 2017 Oscars. At the time of writing, there has only been an announcement made for the 2017 Oscar nominees and no insight into whom the Oscars will feature in their "In Memoriam" segment. But surely they'll include Fisher and Reynolds, right?
There's a lot of history between Fisher and Ford. Some of it has spilled out, like Fisher's recent revelation of her on-set affair with Ford during the filming of Star Wars, but for the most part what we have of their time together is on the celluloid. It would be amazing if Ford was asked to participate in an Oscars tribute for Fisher (nudge, nudge, Academy), but just knowing that Fisher wanted this is good enough for me.