Although Fisher applauds her mother’s passion to perform, it’s not one she shares. “She automatically says, ‘And then you’ll come too.’ And I say, ‘Wait a minute. You said you want that, I don’t (want) it.’ “
An homage to the end of an era in Hollywood, “Bright Lights” is full of storied glamour and scandal - including the episode when Fisher’s father, Eddie, left Reynolds for family friend and neighbor Elizabeth Taylor. The intention, according to Fisher, was to reveal Reynolds as the person behind the persona so carefully constructed and managed by MGM, with whom she made her breakout movie, “Singin’ In the Rain,” at 19. But getting her to drop her movie-star habits wasn’t always easy.
Fisher Stevens, who co-directed “Bright Lights” with Alexis Bloom, noted that the veteran actress’ instinct was to play to the audience. “We’d have to teach her” not to look at her daughter instead of the camera, Stevens said, adding that there moments when she would ask for her lines. Her only condition, he added, was a small one. “Debbie wouldn’t shoot without her wig,” he said.
“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” will appear on HBO early next year.