Mark explained that he and Carrie were “sort of in an unofficial contest to get to 1 million Twitter followers first” back in the summer of 2016, months before she died.
At the time, Carrie was 63,000 followers ahead of Mark in the race. But he started pulling “ridiculous stunts” (like posting exclusive Star Wars clips) in order to gain on Carrie and catch up to her — and it worked.
“I felt bad, I was really gaining,” he said. So Mark came up with a plan for them to both wow their fans and gain a lot of followers together.
“I sent her an email, and I said, ‘Hey Carrie, want to explode the internet?’ […] We had never seen our wax figures at Madame Tussauds,” he said. Mark’s plan was for the two of them to go take pictures with the wax Luke and Leia figures at Madame Tussauds and post them to their Twitter accounts.
Carrie never responded to Mark’s email — but just days later, he saw photos of her at Madame Tussauds herself!
“I went to the studio the next day [and went right to her trailer]. I said, ‘Carrie, what did you do?! It was like… you threw the party, and you didn’t invite me!’”
Carrie posted the photos of herself posing with her own wax figure, the wax figure of Han Solo, and the wax figure of young Obi-Wan Kenobi (as played by Ewan McGregor). Sure enough, they did delight the Star Wars fan base.
It’s clear from Mark’s numerous tributes to and remembrances of Carrie that he’ll never forget his longtime friend — and he also has her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, to remember her by.
“So much like her mother in so many ways — it was almost as if we were cuddling our Princess again!” Mark wrote alongside a photo of himself and Harrison Ford posing with Billie at a Star Wars event back in April.