Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

So Lynn had his main cast, and for Miss Scarlet, he landed the biggest star of the lot: Carrie Fisher. A week before rehearsals were supposed to start, however, Lynn got a call. Fisher was in rehab. ‘I was very naive,’ he says, eyes wide. ‘I didn’t know what she was talking about. When I met her at a restaurant, she had actually fallen over a chair, but I had just thought she was shortsighted or something. She sniffed a lot, and she said she had hay fever, which of course I believed.’

But even Lynn knew enough to be skeptical when Fisher said she still wanted to do the movie. ‘She said, “Oh, yes, they’ll let me out during the day and I’ll just come back at night,”’ says Lynn. ‘And I thought, Really? So I asked [producer] Debra Hill, and Debra said, “Yes, that sounds good.” I think Debra was also on cocaine, but I didn’t know that. Then it was put to Dawn Steel, and she didn’t seem to have a problem with it. I didn’t know that everyone in Hollywood was snorting cocaine. I was really naive. They weren’t doing that in Hampstead, where I lived. Then the insurance company got involved and said, ‘Absolutely not. What are you thinking?!’ — which surprised everybody but me’

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