In the January 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping, Carrie Fisher says she was pressured to lose 35 pounds for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I was not, I just had to pre-order some tickets.
‘They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes: it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.’…‘We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in LA says, “Oh you look good,” and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never “How are you?” or “You seem happy!”’
Mark Hamill was also “pressured” to lose weight. Harrison Ford wasn’t because he generally has other movies to do. I guess I could just end this here, but I just feel bad for Fisher. She didn’t have to audition for a movie that’s projected to make $2.7B. What’s more insulting is that Disney actually paid for her nutritionist and trainer. I’m not trying to tell her what to do, but I’d sue. I’d definitely sue.