Casualty of Star Wars
When Hayden Christensen
was picked to play Anakin Skywalker in the next Star Wars
installment, many a Hollywood hopeful considered throwing himself on his lightsaber. Yet, simultaneously, a contender for the role of Princess Leia a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away was breathing another sigh of relief that she never was asked to wear her hair like a set of headphones.
"Nobody had any idea that the [original] movie would be so big," Terri Nunn, front woman of the trailblazing techno band Berlin, tells TV Guide Online. "But I''m still glad I didn't get the part. If I had, there's no way I could've been a singer. It just doesn't follow."
After Carrie Fisher won Leia's crown, Nunn's music career went into orbit: So enduring is Berlin's 1986 Top Gun love theme, "Take My Breath Away," that it's probably still in the jukebox of a certain Mos Eisley cantina. More recently, the vocalist revamped her old group's lineup and produced Sacred and Profane, a live hits album featuring three out-of-this-world new studio tracks.
Nonetheless, Nunn remembers her first Star Wars tryout like she's been frozen in carbonite ever since. "I went to this warehouse and George Lucas and Harrison Ford were sitting on folding chairs ? nobody had heard of either of them," she marvels. "We read the scenes, and I was like, 'What the hell am I saying?!' It was stuff like, 'Grab the phaser, R2-D2!' But we tried to put some life into it.
"I saw Mark Hamill in the unemployment line a few months after the auditions," she adds. "I said, 'Hey, you ever hear from that weird movie?' He said, 'Nah, I didn't get it.' But I guess they ended up calling him."