Carrie Fisher's 'Star Wars' audition tape showed just how excited she was to play Princess Leia

Princess Leia, gun, star wars20th Century Fox via YouTube screengrabCarrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

Carrie Fisher, who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 60loved the “Star Wars” script when she read it, and she wanted to show the world.

But when you’re auditioning for a movie, it can feel pretty silly to say dialogue like, “We fell under attack before I could get the data to safety, so I hid it in this R2 unit and sent him off.”

In Fisher’s audition tape, on YouTube, she exchanges dialogue with Harrison Ford, acting as Han Solo. It’s a piece from around the middle of the film, where she tells him about the Rebellion’s plan to take down the Death Star.

In the exchange, she’s dressed completely normal, isn’t in a spaceship, and doesn’t have holograms floating around her. But she gets into the character of Princess Leia and the fun, fantastical mood of “Star Wars,” anyway. She’s totally excited to play the role.

The audition tape is a great reminder of what made Carrie Fisher a national treasure, and her commitment to imagination. You can watch it below.

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