Carrie Fisher takes the stage for ‘Wishful Drinking’Written by Jason Webber | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When I was 8 years old, I performed a rite that was no doubt mimicked by hundreds, maybe thousands, of Gen X boys — I wrote Carrie Fisher a love letter. It was beautifully stated, eloquent and to the point: “I love you. When can we get married?”
Ms. Fisher did not accept my proposal but she did send me back a nifty autographed glossy photo with the inscription “Galactically Yours, Carrie Fisher.”
Yet, Fisher is much more than her Princess Leia doughnut braids. She is also a best-selling novelist and stage performer; her acclaimed off-Broadway show “Wishful Drinking” stands as a testament to her far-reaching talent. After a few weeks of wrangling, I conducted an email interview with Fisher, who will perform her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton through April 22 (her only Ohio appearance). As I discovered, Fisher is one funny lady. And I still think I want to marry her.
Toledo Free Press Star: You just got back from China. How’d that go?
Carrie Fisher: Great. Went with my writer friend Bruce Wagner to the Harbin Ice Festival, which I’ve been wanting to go to for years. So, it is a dream realized.
TFP: Your books have always been very confession-heavy and you’ve written quite candidly about your often colorful life. Have any of your friends or family ever gotten upset with you over how you’ve portrayed them?
CF: No, because I always seek their permission beforehand. It’s not my aim to upset anyone except myself, which I do beautifully.
TFP: When you sat down to write “Wishful Drinking,” was it intended as a form of self-therapy?
CF: No. Therapy is therapy and writing is writing and God knows what “self” is. More will be revealed.
TFP: As someone who’s struggled with substance abuse, what went through your mind when Lindsay Lohan was going through her very public drug and alcohol problems?
CF: I wonder, who is her dealer?
TFP: Have you ever contemplated writing a memoir about your “Star Wars” years? You know the fanboys would buy it in droves.
CF: Yes I have contemplated it. I’ve also contemplated writing about the inner life of my dog, but I think it would upset him.
TFP: Are you still doing any script writing for the Oscars telecast? How did you think Billy Crystal did this year?
CF: No, I didn’t see it. I was in China. But I hear he was great.
TFP: I’m a big fan of your movie “The ’Burbs.” What’s your favorite memory of making that overlooked comedy classic?
CF: The whole thing was fun to make. It was my favorite experience shooting a movie. I’d go to the set on my days off it was so fun. Tom [Hanks] and I had a blast improvising. It’s the only film where I got to use the word “hydrocephalic.” I’m waiting for a sequel.
“Wishful Drinking” plays April 10-22 at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. Visit www.victoriatheatre.com for times and ticket prices or call (937) 228-3630. For information on Carrie Fisher, visit www.carriefisher.com.