In the Wake of Losing Carrie Fisher, Fans World-Wide Mourn – Latest Tribute by Kevin Smith is Beautiful
The world was shocked the morning of December 27th as the iconic actress that took Hollywood by storm, Carrie Fisher, passed on from a heart attack. The news was even more shocking, as previous reports stated that she was expected to make a full recovery and was doing “much better”. Arguably most known as the ‘more-than-meets-the-eye’ Princess Leia from the cult classic franchise Star Wars, she was so much more than just one role. She was a role model, a brutally honest advocate for mental illness and being true to yourself. She spoke out against those that spewed hate and she put her entire being into everything she did – no matter what she did.
Among the list of vocal mourners, “Professional Nerd” Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob, and more) added his own personal tribute to the song heard world-wide. There was definitely a disturbance in the Force today but Smith said it perfectly when he stated that her “spirit – like the Force – will be with us always.” Smith took to his personal social media accounts to pay homage to childhood crush, colleague, and friend:
The Princess stole my heart at age 7. Anybody who knows me knows #CarrieFisher was my first love. I thrilled to the adventures of #princessleia in the @starwars movies, but from '77 to '84, I was in love with Carrie Fisher herself. My bedroom was filled with Carrie Fisher pictures from any movie she was ever in (including Polaroids I took off the TV when #thebluesbrothers hit cable). I was jealous of Paul Simon when he was dating Carrie Fisher and wouldn't listen to his music until they split up. I paid to see Carrie Fisher and #chevychase in Under the Rainbow nine times when it was in theaters (mostly because Carrie Fisher was in underwear in one scene). In childhood, I committed myself to Carrie Fisher without ever meeting her the way novice Nuns commit themselves to Christ without meeting Him. Decades later, I got to tell her this when Carrie Fisher and @jaymewes were in a station wagon on the set of #jayandsilentbobstrikeback. She was gracious about hearing it for the zillionth time from the zillionth man or woman who grew up idolizing her, but wickedly added "I'm glad to know I helped you find your light saber." And with that, she stopped being Carrie Fisher to me and just became Carrie. That's the Carrie I'll always remember: the dutiful standard-bearer of childhood dreams with a the wicked sense of humor and a way with words. She didn't want to get paid for her role in @jayandsilentbob Strike Back; instead, she asked that we buy her these antique beaver chairs. Her reason: "Beaver seems an appropriate currency for this movie." When she was a guest on Season 1 of our @hulu show #Spoilers, Carrie curled up in the throne like she belonged there. And she did: after all, she was royalty. As a boy, I dreamed of marrying Carrie Fisher. As a young filmmaker, I dreamed of casting Carrie Fisher. As an adult, I dreamed of being as sharp-witted and prepossessed as Carrie Fisher. And now that Carrie Fisher is gone, I'll dream of my friend Carrie – whose entire magnificent career I was lucky enough to witness, whose honesty made me a better person, and whose spirit – like The Force – will be with us always. Goodnight, Sweet Princess…
Kevin Smith is by far not the only star to give his voice to the collective. Her co-stars such as Mark Hamill, Ridley, Harrison Ford, and many, many more also offered their stories with the beautiful Miss Fisher as well as their condolences to the family.
It is safe to say that 2016 has been a rough year with losing these people, these icons from our childhood – these figure heads that inspired us to chase our dreams or to be more than what others told us we could be. Whether it be with their music, their roles in film, or their “certain somthing” that made that person special to you as a fan – this year took away some truly irreplaceable people from our lives.
She was an inspiration to so many and the world genuinely lost a beautiful soul on this day:
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
She truly led by example, even in the moments of her life when the media wanted to paint her as less than the wonderful person she was. We here at DFTG are genuinely saddened by her loss and we are sending all of the love and hope that we can to the friends and family suffering from this unexpected turn of events. What was your favourite memory of Carrie Fisher? What role or what about her will always stay with you? Sound off with your wonderful thoughts in the comment section below and keep her family in your thoughts during this difficult time.
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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.