‘Bright Lights’ Director Says Carrie Fisher Was ‘Surprised’ by ‘Really Intimate’ Doc

Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom spent about 18 months, on and off, with Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds for their HBO documentary “Bright Lights.”


The final revisit came in November, only a month before a dual died a day detached in December, intolerable and harmful Hollywood.

“I saw Carrie and Debbie on Nov 19th, when Carrie had her 60th birthday party,” Stevens told TheWrap of a final time he saw a mother-daughter duo. “Debbie indeed came adult to Carrie’s residence and was doing flattering well, and seemed in good spirits. Carrie was in good spirits with all her friends. It wasn’t unequivocally prolonged ago.”

“We spoke to Todd [Fisher, Carrie’s hermit and Debbie’s son] after Carrie was hospitalized,” Bloom added. “We could hear Debbie in a credentials and we could pronounce to Debbie. She wished us a Merry Christmas.”

“Star Wars” singer Fisher died Dec. 27 during age 60, after she suffered cardiac detain while drifting from London to Los Angeles. Reynolds died a following day during age 84.

Perhaps some-more than anyone, Bloom and Fisher had a tough time rapacious a unusual resources of Fisher’s and Reynolds’ deaths.

“Intellectually, one could know because a mom would not wish to bury her child, and would pass divided comparatively shortly after a daughter. You can know that; it’s not an wholly startling growth intellectually,” Bloom said. “But emotionally, it’s flooring, and we were only repelled and devastated. We didn’t see it entrance during all. It feels like people we adore only stepped out of a room and afterwards they were gone.”

“The fact that we were creation this film and Debbie started to get ill, that kind of guided a account of a film toward a end,” Fisher added. “It was only so astonishing that this would be a outcome, a ending. We were devastated.”

The directors pronounced they didn’t change anything in their film following a actresses’ deaths. They spent roughly 18 months filming a mother-daughter subsequent doorway neighbors commencement in Apr 2014, and both Fisher and Reynolds watched and upheld a film — eventually.

“They both saw it; they both favourite it,” Bloom said. “It wasn’t easy for them during first. Particularly not for Carrie. She came turn to it, we consider she was primarily astounded by how insinuate it was. She hadn’t unequivocally left there in her mind [about] ‘what is this film going to demeanour like?’ So when she was saw it, she was like, ‘oh my goodness, we can’t trust it. It’s a real, prolonged film about us and it’s unequivocally intimate.’ She was taken aback by it. But, to her credit, she came around. She had her feelings about it, she was romantic about it, we had a lot of behind and forth… They didn’t have final cut, we did, though we collaborated with them on things that done them truly uncomfortable. There were a few teenager cosmetic things, zero that altered a account of a film.”

Despite carrying hours of new footage from a prolonged routine of sharpened with a dual stars, a filmmakers also shot down a thought of releasing some-more footage from their time together, maybe for another film.

“I don’t consider so,” Bloom said. “We pronounced what we wanted to say. They pronounced what they wanted to say… We’d be endangered about being seen as exploitative if we did another sequel.”

“This was a film that we had blessings from both of them,” combined Fisher. “They sanctified this film.”

“Bright Lights” front Saturday during 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Through a Years (Photos)


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    The universe is ravaged by the detriment of both Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, within one day of any other. The mother-daughter twin worked together both in front of and behind a camera on occasion, though it was their everlasting bond that solidified their sweetness. Charisma runs thick within this family, and so we’ve gathered some of a best shots of both Reynolds and Fisher for a demeanour behind on their story together.

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    Reynolds and Fisher applaud prime in 1959.



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    A teenage Carrie Fisher and Reynolds, 1973.



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    Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during Town Hall in New York City, 1972



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    Reynolds and Fisher underline on a Jun 1973 “Ladies Home Journal” cover.

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    As Fisher’s career grew, Reynolds seemed to support any step. The singer pronounced in an talk that: “People used to call her “Debbie Reynolds’ daughter,” now they call me “Princess Leia’s mother!””



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    Reynolds and Fisher mostly attended galas, red carpets and other events together. 



  • Reynolds and Fisher in 1997, in a promotional shot for “All Star Moms.”

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  • Fisher and Reynolds attend a 2011 Emmy Awards. 

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  • Fisher paid reverence to her mom during a 2015 Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Said Fisher of Reynolds: “She’s been some-more than a mom to me, not much, though really more. She is a film star, recording artist, radio actor, nightclub entertainer, Broadway performer and co-founder of a Thalians, a organisation that has lifted some-more than $30 million for mental health. Well, mental health-related causes, and $4.5 million of that income is allocated only for me.”

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were explanation that wit and attract can be hereditary

The universe is ravaged by the detriment of both Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, within one day of any other. The mother-daughter twin worked together both in front of and behind a camera on occasion, though it was their everlasting bond that solidified their sweetness. Charisma runs thick within this family, and so we’ve gathered some of a best shots of both Reynolds and Fisher for a demeanour behind on their story together.


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