Carrie was known for playing Princess Leia in the film franchise, beginning her role with the first movie, released in 1977.
She had made her film debut at age 18, just two years prior to her first Star Wars appearance.
But it was the later film for which she’d always remain best known.
Carrie’s final film (and her final appearance as Leia), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is scheduled to be released in just a few weeks, on December 15, 2017.
The Last Jedi may also mark the first onscreen reunion of Carrie and Mark’s characters in the decades since 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
Carrie and Mark became quite close while filming the original trilogy back in the 1970s and 1980s. They remained friends for the remainder of Carrie’s life.
Over the years, Mark has also shared sweet behind-the-scenes photos from the set, proving just how close these two grew!
The 66-year-old actor recently spoke about his memories of Carrie on a recent visit to the set of “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”
One story in particular, about the last prank Carrie pulled on him before she died, is quite heartwarming.
Mark explained that he and Carrie were “sort of in an unofficial contest to get to 1 million Twitter followers first” back in the summer of 2016, months before she died.
At the time, Carrie was 63,000 followers ahead of Mark in the race. But he started pulling “ridiculous stunts” (like posting exclusive Star Wars clips) in order to gain on Carrie and catch up to her — and it worked.
“I felt bad, I was really gaining,” he said. So Mark came up with a plan for them to both wow their fans and gain a lot of followers together.
“I sent her an email, and I said, ‘Hey Carrie, want to explode the internet?’ […] We had never seen our wax figures at Madame Tussauds,” he said. Mark’s plan was for the two of them to go take pictures with the wax Luke and Leia figures at Madame Tussauds and post them to their Twitter accounts.
Carrie never responded to Mark’s email — but just days later, he saw photos of her at Madame Tussauds herself!
“Three or four days later, there she is at Madame Tussauds: posing with my figure, posing with her figure. I went, ‘What?!’
“I was livid,” Mark recalled.
“I went to the studio the next day [and went right to her trailer]. I said, ‘Carrie, what did you do?! It was like… you threw the party, and you didn’t invite me!'”
Carrie posted the photos of herself posing with her own wax figure, the wax figure of Han Solo, and the wax figure of young Obi-Wan Kenobi (as played by Ewan McGregor). Sure enough, they did delight the Star Wars fan base.
But Carrie had absolutely no shame about having “stolen” Mark’s idea.
According to Mark, when he confronted her about it, Carrie just looked up at him and said, “Should I have not done that?”
In the end, he wasn’t able to stay mad at her for long.
“I loved her so much,” he revealed. “She made everything fun.”
Mark also admitted that the two of them had shared “a really mercurial relationship” and that they’d really been like a bickering, pranking brother and sister in real life.
“She could make you feel like the most important person in the world,” he explained. “Then, the pendulum would swing; it was like a real sister.”
It’s clear from Mark’s numerous tributes to and remembrances of Carrie that he’ll never forget his longtime friend — and he also has her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, to remember her by.
“So much like her mother in so many ways — it was almost as if we were cuddling our Princess again!” Mark wrote alongside a photo of himself and Harrison Ford posing with Billie at a Star Wars event back in April.
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