‘Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher vs. ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner: Princess Leia takes on Captain Kirk
Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher takes on Star Trek actor William Shatner on a brief video posted online. (See below.)
But why would she do that?
Well, Shatner has been making humorously disparaging comparisons between Star Trek and Star Wars, with, obviously, the former coming out on top.
Whether you’re a Star Trek or Star Wars geek – or in case you couldn’t care less about either movie/television franchise – this cleverly edited Carrie Fisher video is an enjoyable must.
And check out further below George Takei’s defense of both Star Trek and Star Wars – while attacking their common enemy: Twilight.
Captain Kirk & Princess Leia’s metal bikini
Things start out mildly, with Carrie Fisher rebutting William Shatner’s Star Trek vs. Star Wars comparisons: “They’re not in the same league! I mean, they have the word Star in the title …”
From there, it gets personal, as Fisher affirms that “Bill has borrowed” Princess Leia’s metal bikini. To sunbathe? For a photo shoot?
She then dismisses Shatner’s Star Trek costume as “the sort of outfit you would wear at a [would be U.S. Vice President] Sarah Palin roundup.”
In case you think that couldn’t go any lower, it could and did: “And I hear that [former Republican U.S. Vice President Dick] Cheney likes Star Trek.”
Precious kidney stone
And then there’s the issue of the precious kidney stone, which William Shatner sold – it was both his kidney and his stone – for $75,000.
“Now, keep in mind,” Fisher tells us in deliberate fashion. “This is an item that … comes out of the person’s … penis, ultimately, yes. And that, to me, has never been something erotic. ‘Oh, is that out of William Shatner’s penis? Did it finally come out?”
Equally unerotic was the time when Star Wars director George Lucas allowed Shatner to don Darth Vader’s costume. “I’d never seen someone so excited. But he couldn’t do it. He used to ask, you know, for line changes when you could never see his face, right?”
Carrie Fisher movies
Carrie Fisher’s face can be seen in more than 30 movies, beginning in the mid-1970s – her film debut was in a brief role in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo (1975), a sex comedy starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and eventual Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lee Grant.
Yet with the exception of the Star Wars movies, Fisher has never been the leading lady (or star) of any major – or even minor – box office hit. Personal issues, including a serious drug and alcohol problem, were impediments to the progress of her career.
With leads hard to come by, Fisher settled into playing supporting roles of varying degrees of importance in both quality and low-grade productions.
Her career peak was in the 1980s and early 1990s, when, in addition to Irvin Kershner’s The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Richard Marquand’s Return of the Jedi (1983), she was featured in the following:
- Garbo Talks (1984).
Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
Cast: Anne Bancroft. Ron Silver. Carrie Fisher.
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Dir.: Woody Allen.
Cast: Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Barbara Hershey. Dianne Wiest. Michael Caine. Max von Sydow. Carrie Fisher.
- Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) – “Reckless Youth” segment.
Dir.: Joe Dante.
Cast: Carrie Fisher. Paul Bartel. Mike Mazurki.
- When Harry Met Sally… (1989).
Dir.: Rob Reiner.
Cast: Meg Ryan. Billy Crystal. Carrie Fisher. Bruno Kirby.
- The ‘Burbs (1989).
Dir.: Joe Dante.
Cast: Tom Hanks. Bruce Dern. Carrie Fisher.
- This Is My Life (1992).
Dir.: Nora Ephron.
Cast: Julie Kavner. Samantha Mathis. Gaby Hoffman. Carrie Fisher.
During that period, movies featuring Carrie Fisher in a lead role turned out to be total bombs – e.g., Steve Rash’s period comedy Under the Rainbow (1980), with Chevy Chase, and Tim Kincaid’s supernatural comedy She’s Back (1989), with Robert Joy.
‘Postcards from the Edge’
The daughter of actress/singer/dancer Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain, Mother) and singer/actor Eddie Fisher (Bundle of Joy, also with Reynolds; Butterfield 8), Carrie Fisher had herself – in novelized form – played by eventual Best Actress Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols’ 1990 comedy-drama Postcards from the Edge.
Veteran Shirley MacLaine (Some Came Running, 1958; Best Actress Oscar winner for Terms of Endearment, 1983) had the Debbie Reynolds role. Fisher adapted her own bestselling novel.
Despite its box office – and, to some extent, critical – success, Postcards from the Edge remains Carrie Fisher’s sole (credited) screenwriting effort for the big screen.
For the small screen, she co-wrote:
- The comedy These Old Broads (2001), directed by Matthew Diamond, and starring Debbie Reynolds, former rival Elizabeth Taylor (who “stole” Eddie Fisher from Reynolds before unceremoniously leaving him for Richard Burton), Shirley MacLaine, and Joan Collins.
- The Emmy-nominated comedy documentary/special Wishful Drinking (2010), directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and starring Carrie Fisher as herself, as portrayed in her one-woman Broadway show.
George Takei affirms ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ spat must stop so common sparkling enemy can be thwarted: ‘Twilight’
“Fellow Star folks! Cool it down!” admonishes Star Trek veteran and Star Wars: The Clone Wars guest star George Takei in a hilarious follow-up clip to the (sadly, earthbound) YouTube video wars pitting Star Wars Princess Leia a.k.a. Carrie Fisher against Star Trek Captain Kirk a.k.a. William Shatner.
Takei wants to prevent any of that from happening. “Each [Star] is wonderful in its own special way,” he reassures us all.
But then, as the dark background music slowly rises, he warns us that “what’s needed today more than ever is Star Peace, for there’s an ominous, mutual threat to all science fiction.”
What could be this ominous menace to Captain Kirk, Princess Leia, E.T., A.I., Godzilla, Dr. Frankenstein, the little aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the floating fetus from 2001: A Space Odyssey?
The ‘Twilight’ menace
“It’s called … Twilight,” George Takei explains, adding, “And it is really, really bad.” It’s also not science-fiction, but never mind.
As he speaks, we see in the background a wallpaper of Catherine Hardwicke’s 2008 Twilight featuring Robert Pattinson holding Kristen Stewart, while fellow vampires Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Cam Gigandet, and others lurk about.
Takei then proceeds to complain that in place of heroism and epic battles as in previous sci-fi fare – such as Star Trek and Star Wars (but not Star! and The Star*) – Twilight offers vampires “that sparkle and mope and go to high school!”
One assumes that George Takei hasn’t bothered to watch David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, for in addition to moping and high-school-going, the fantasy adventure also features a climactic battle pitting good vampires & werewolves against newborn vampires.
Anyhow, Twihards tend to take any perceived Twilight attack dead seriously. Here, that would be particularly foolish.
George Takei movies
Besides playing Sulu in the six Star Trek features from 1979 (Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture) to 1991 (Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), George Takei has appeared in nearly 40 movies – almost invariably in small supporting roles or cameos – in a career spanning half a century.
Here are a trio of examples:
- Charles Walters’ romantic comedy Walk, Don’t Run (1966), starring Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, and Jim Hutton. George Takei plays a Japanese police officer.
- The British World War II drama Return from the River Kwai (1989), directed by veteran Andrew V. McLaglen (McLintock!, The Rare Breed), and toplining Chris Penn, Denholm Elliott, Timothy Bottoms, and Edward Fox. In this sort of sequel to David Lean’s multiple Oscar winner The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Takei plays a Japanese lieutenant.
- And just a few months ago, Tom Hanks’ comedy-drama Larry Crowne (2011), a box office flop starring Hanks and Julia Roberts. Takei plays an economics professor.
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1’ cast
Currently on screens around the world, the blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 features the following:
Christian Camargo. Mia Maestro. Christian Serratos. Alex Rice. Justin Chon. Kiowa Gordon. Tyson Houseman. Chaske Spencer. Bronson Pelletier. Alex Meraz. Julia Jones.
Tinsel Korey. Tanaya Beatty. Sebastião Lemos. Carolina Virguez. Gil Birmingham. Sienna Joseph. Mackenzie Foy. Charlie Bewley. Daniel Cudmore. Christie Burke.
Directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was written by Melissa Rosenberg, from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel (split in two parts for the screen).
And depending on which way the adaptation goes, don’t be too surprised if there are more epic battles in Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Star Wars image: 20th Century Fox, via giphy.com.
Carrie Fisher Garbo Talks image: United Artists / MGM-UA, via Pinterest.
Image of George Takei as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek: CBS Television.
“Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) vs. William Shatner (Star Trek) + George Takei vs. Twilight” last updated in June 2018.