Carrie Fisher lends support to young Kerry film makers days before her death: 'For Carrie to respond to a recording that we had done was fantastic'
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher recognised the work of young Irish film makers just days before her untimely death earlier this week.
The late American actress (60) shared a Youtube clip created by Music and Technology students at the Institute of Technology in Tralee, in which they dubbed Kerry accents over one of Carrie’s most iconic Star Wars scenes as Princess Leia.
The video, entitled ‘Shtar Wars’ was brought to the star’s attention by Graham Norton this month and finding amusement in it, Carrie shared the clip with her 1.2m followers on December 19.
On Christmas Eve, the actress fell ill on a flight to LA and died on Thursday.
Speaking to Radio Kerry, IT Tralee Lecturer Bob Jackson said Fisher’s recognition was a huge honour for his students.
“She was sent the clip by Graham Norton and presumably she watched it and then retweeted it. It was a brilliant reaction from the students, particularly for one of the students Shannon who did the voice for Carrie Fisher [in the video].
“For Carrie Fisher to respond to a recording that we had done from her original was a fantastic experience for the students,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fisher’s co-star Harrison Ford has led tributes to the actress in the wake of her untimely death this Christmas.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind ... brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless.
“She lived her life, bravely.”
Mark Hamill, who played the main role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars alongside Fisher, tweeted: “No words #Devastated.”
Anthony Daniels, who played the android C3PO, said: “I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree.
“I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.”