Actress Carrie Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film directed not by creator George Lucas but by Disney director J. J. Abrams. During an interview with Good Housekeeping UK, Fisher complained that she was asked to lose weight. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three quarters!” she said.
Fisher went on to complain about Hollywood and it being “an appearance-driven thing.” Carey Martell of ThunderTV, a YouTube network in Los Angeles left a snarky reply to Fisher’s complaints via Mediate. “I wish someone would pay me a couple million dollars to lose 20 lbs.” He added, “Actors have to gain or add weight all the time in order to play certain roles. Christian Bale never complained about them not wanting ‘all of him’ when he had to starve himself to drop 60 lbs. for The Machinist.” The problem with Martell’s argument is that director Brad Anderson didn’t ask Bale to lose “such a vast amount of weight” although Anderson “confessed to being thrilled by the actor’s dedication.”