Jodie Foster Reveals She Turned Down the Role of a Lifetime in ‘Star Wars’

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Jodie Foster could have portrayed one of the most iconic characters of all time. During a recent interview, she confirmed a longstanding rumor that she turned down the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars. Of course, the late Carrie Fisher went on to play the role instead.

Foster shared, “They were going for a younger Princess Leia, but I had a conflict. I was doing a Disney movie. I just didn’t want to pull out of the Disney movie because I was already under contract. So I didn’t do it. And they, you know, did an amazing job.” Doing a little digging, it seems that she starred in the Disney film Freaky Friday around the same time, playing a young Annabel who switches places with her mother, played by Barbara Harris.

Freaky Friday Jodie Foster, 1976

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Foster went on to joke about Star Wars and Princess Leia’s famous hairstyle of two buns on either side of her head. She added, “I don’t know how good I would have been. I might have had different hair, you know. I might have gone with a pineapple.”

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Carrie Fisher 1983

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Despite not appearing in Star Wars, Foster has created a hugely successful career, starting when she was just a young girl. Now, at 61 years old, she is starring in the newest season of True Detective. She also made headlines and perhaps some enemies in a recent interview where she complained about Gen Z workers.

Nyad Jodie Foster, 2023

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She said, “They’re really annoying, especially in the workplace. They’re like: ‘Nah, I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10.30am.’ Or in emails, I’ll tell them: this is all grammatically incorrect, did you not check your spelling? And they’re like: ‘Why would I do that, isn’t that kind of limiting?’” Foster did not explain who these Gen Z workers she came in contact with were, but tell us, do you agree or disagree with her?

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