Carrie Fisher to George Lucas, “Give Me Back My Face!” (ok, not really, but that’s a killer tabloid headline)
Let me start by saying I am sorry, I am so very sorry for the above image… When I heard Carrie Fisher claimed that George Lucas stole her identity, that was the image that came to my mind. Once again, I am sorry.
So here`s the deal, recently Carrie Fisher wrote a piece for the Daily Beast that shows a mistake she never knew she was making when she signed up to be Princess Leia. She signed away her likeness. It’s not really surprising, it was 1977 and merchandising hadn’t even really been invented yet. See that didn’t happen until George Lucas practically invented it in the far flung year of 1977.
Here’s how Fisher put it:
In those days, there was no such thing as a “likeness,” which is a funny thing to say coming from the family that I came from. There was no merchandising tied to movies. No one could have known the extent of the franchise. Not that I don’t think I’m cute or anything, but when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t think I was signing away anything of value. Lately I feel like I’m Minnie Mouse—the identity of Princess Leia so eclipses any other identity that I’ve ever had.
Now, who’s up for some trivia? Any guesses how much the merchandising from Star Wars is worth? The answer is more than you want to know. According to a article in Forbes I found by Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ (don’t question my research methods), as of 2007 the franchise had earned $22 Billion; that is NOT including the record year Lucas pulled in last year, and not including the $90 bucks you’re going to give him on Friday.
How does Carrie Fisher feel about it? She seems ok.
I was shopping at Williams-Sonoma, and they’re selling little sticks of Princess Leia that you put in your cupcake. Who wouldn’t need those? I paid for it. How much money could I have made from all this stuff? I don’t want to know. It’s too upsetting. Yet funny.
I guess when you reportedly only made 0.25% of the net theatrical revenues (excluding royalties from video/DVD/Blu-ray sales, television airings and, of course, merchandise) you have to have a sense of humor, right? Fisher continues, “I’ve teased George Lucas about this over the years, but he’s never been apologetic.” Perhaps George couldn’t hear the need for an apology over the ring of all those cash registers? Who can say.
Well Ms. Fisher… Carrie, can I call you Carrie? I feel like I can since I do feel so close to you or at least I was when I was 13 and you were on the slave barge and… I’ll just stop those thoughts right there.
If it is any small consolation, I don’t think Lucas owes you ANYTHING from the figures released back in 1995. What is in that picture, is not your likeness, that is… something wrong, wrought from an unholy union between a young Sly Stalone and an oven mit.
When asked to comment, Mr. Stalone and the oven mit declined.