Immediately following the death last week of his longtime friend and Star Wars co-star, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill tweeted a simple statement that summed up his feelings (and the feelings of all of us):
But earlier this week Mark wrote a heartfelt guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, where he not only shared his memories of Carrie, but also how much they meant to each other.
Among the things he shared was how he and Carrie shared a personal connection because of the impact of Star Wars:
Carrie and I occupied a unique area in each other’s lives. It was like we were in a garage band together that somehow hit it huge. We had no idea the impact Star Wars would have on the world.
How much joy he got from just making her laugh:
The lengths I would go to hear her laugh — there were no limits. 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.
And how much better his life was because she was a part of it:
When you were in her good graces, you couldn’t have more fun with any person on the planet... She was a handful. She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.