Women Hardly Spoke At All In The Original Star Wars

So apparently, if you didn’t realise it already, women didn’t have alot to say in the original Star Wars films. In fact, with the exception of Princess Leia, the female characters hardly spoke at all. Out of a possible 386 minutes, the combined dialogue of all women in the original Star Wars trilogy – apart from Princess Leia – was just 63 seconds.

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This unbelievable statistic has been totted up by the guys over at Vulture and the stat has since gone viral. Piecing together every single nugget of footage with a female character actually speaking makes for one pretty brief watch.

And in other depressing Star Wars-related news for women, Carrie Fisher has revealed this week how she felt pressured to lose weight once again for the new Star Wars film, just as she did all those years ago. So while she is being given the opportunity to speak, unlike the other women, she could only do it if she shed over two stone!

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As a 19-year-old woman, the actress was asked to lose weight for the role of Princess Leia and four decades later, a similar pressure has been put upon her. She told Good Housekeeping Magazine this month:

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”

Carrie Fisher on a talk show. Carrie Fisher doesn’t think Hollywood has changed very much.

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However, it is not all doom and gloom on the Star Wars front for females. The director of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has spoken out about how he wants the latest flick to be female-friendly, rather than it being a boys’ thing. Speaking on Good Morning America, JJ Abrams said:

“Star Wars was always a boys’ thing, and a movie that dads could take their sons to and although that is still very much the case, I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.”

The new Star Wars film. Daisy Ridley and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Add to this the fact that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy definitively said, “We will hire a woman who is going to direct a Star Wars movie,” and all of a sudden, things don’t seem quite so bleak.