‘Star Wars’: Mark Hamill Once Wore Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Outfit Just To Make Her Laugh

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill became incredibly close friends while filming Star WarsTheir bond continued until the day Fisher tragically died in 2016. And because the two were so close, Hamill was always trying to make Fisher smile. In fact, one of his favorite activities was trying to get his co-star to burst out laughing. 

“Making her laugh was a badge of honor,” Hamill revealed. And one time, he was even willing to wear one of her iconic Star Wars outfits just to get her giggling. 

On the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher | Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Mark Hamill said Carrie Fisher was like family to him

Luke and Leia weren’t the only siblings to come out of Star Wars. According to Hamill, his relationship with Fisher was a lot like that of a brother and sister. Over the years, his Star Wars co-star became like “family” to him. And just like siblings, he says, they would get into fights that would last weeks, then make up as though nothing happened. 

“We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other’s guts,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “‘I’m not speaking to you. You’re such a judgmental, royal brat!’ We went through it all. It’s like we were a family.” 

Mark Hamill wore a Princess Leia outfit and a Bozo the clown wig on set

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According to Hamill, he would do anything to make his co-star burst into laughter. Because Fisher was so funny and was always making people giggle, Hamill said it was “a badge of honor” to return to favor by making her laugh. 

“I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor,” He revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “Once at lunchtime, she said, ‘You should try on my jumpsuit.’ I said, ‘The one-piece white jumpsuit? You’re what, 5’2?? I’ll never get in!’ She said, ‘Just try.’ I put on that Princess Leia zipper jumpsuit, and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose, and then she walked me around the backlot.”

Mark Hamill said there were ‘no limits’ to making her laugh

Hamill said that he would jump through hoops to make Fisher smile, regardless of how silly it would make him look in the process. He also believed that her funny personality was a defense mechanism to disguise her vulnerability. 

“The lengths I would go to hear her laugh — there were no limits,” Hamill revealed. “I loved her and loved making her laugh. She would do these crazy things and make me do these crazy things, but I really don’t think they were crazy after all. In a way, it was a defense mechanism for her. She was so off the wall. She could use it as protection. Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing, and it roused the protective nature in my personality.”