When she wasn’t playing Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was building a reputation as one of the wittiest actors in Hollywood. For proof, look no further than her hilarious roast of George Lucas at the “Star Wars” creator’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award gala in 2005.
In just four minutes, Fisher tore into Lucas over all the merchandise, stalkers and torment inflicted upon her as a result of her role as the bunheaded Princess of Alderaan. “George is a sadist,” she quipped. “But like any abused child wearing a metal bikini chained to a giant slug about to die, I keep coming back for more.”
She thanked Lucas for turning her into a doll that “my first husband could stick pins into” and a PEZ dispenser that gave her daughter the chance to “pull my head back and pull a wafer out of my neck every time she doesn’t want to do her homework.” She even got in a little shot at Natalie Portman and the prequels into her speech.
“You had the unmitigated gall to let that chick, that new girl that plays my mother … she wears a new hairstyle and outfit practically every time she walks through a door! I mean, I bet she even got to wear a bra, even though you told me I couldn’t because there was no underwear in space!”
Shortly after her passing on Tuesday, Lucas memorialized Fisher in a statement to E! News: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans.”
Watch Carrie Fisher’s speech in the clip above.