He hated snakes while playing Indiana Jones in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but apparently Harrison Ford also hates to be made fun of.
The 76-year-old star reportedly tried to get puppeteer Tim Rose, 62, fired from 1983’s Return Of The Jedi for joking about him on set.
Rose, who is best known for playing the fan favorite Admiral Ackbar, revealed the incident on an interview for Star Wars YouTuber Jamie Stangroom’s channel.
While speaking on a YouTube interview posted Friday, puppeteer Tim Rose, 62, reminisced about the time Harrison Ford, 76, tried to get him fired from Return Of The Jedi; pictured in 2013
Rose opened up about a scene set at Jabba the Hut’s palace, shortly after Han Solo (Ford) has been rescued from a block of carbonite in the dead of night by a disguised Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
The reunited lovers kiss, at which point the denizens of Jabba’s palace reveal they were awake and watching the deception every step of the way.
The puppeteers, including Rose, taunted the Han and Leia by chanting, ‘We saw you kissing!’
The scene seemed to have annoyed Harrison, who didn’t want the puppets talking over his dialogue.
‘Harrison went over to the director and said ‘Are these puppet characters going to laugh over my line? Because I don’t want to have to come back and do ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement)’,’ said Rose.
Stepping on his lines: Rose revealed that Harrison was annoyed when puppets talked over his dialogue in the scene after he wakes up from his carbonite hibernation; (L-R) Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in Return Of The Jedi
Whoops: When the director asked Rose what he thought of the take, he said, ‘Eh, this Harrison guy… is he gonna talk over our laugh? ’cause it’s really putting me off,’ not realizing that he was being broadcast over the speakers; Ford and Fisher in Return Of The Jedi
According to the puppeteer, Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand instructed all of the creatures to merely mime the words in the second take so as not obscure Ford’s lines.
But the director then asked Rose, who was playing the rodent-like creature Salacious Crumb, what he thought of the take.
‘Eh, this Harrison guy… is he gonna talk over our laugh? ’cause it’s really putting me off,’ he said, not realizing that he was being broadcast over the speakers.
Essential: Ford wouldn’t come back on set until he was fired, but since he was still needed and had been behind the scenes the whole time, he was allowed to stay as long as he told people he was the new guy; Rose’s character Salacious Crumb from Return Of The Jedi
‘The crew found it funny. But Harrison didn’t,’ he said.
According to him, an assistant director came over to tell him he was fired. But apparently it was all a pretense, because they still needed Salacious Crumb for the next take.
So Rose was allowed to stay on, and Ford was never the wiser since he was in costume or behind the scenes the whole time, though he did have to tell people he was the ‘new guy’ when they inquired.
Despite their testy interaction, Ford and Rose met again on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, though the Indiana Jones star had no idea Rose was the same person who annoyed him decades ago.
‘I’m at great pains to say Harrison Ford is a great guy, I just happened to misread the sense of humor and do the wrong thing at the wrong time,’ Rose said.
Not telling: Rose and Harrison would later meet again on The Force Awakens, though the Indiana Jones star had no idea it was the same person he’d tried to get fired; still from Return Of The Jedi
Rose went on to talk about his most famous Star Wars creation, Admiral Ackbar of ‘It’s a trap!’ fame.
He admitted being disappointed that most of his scenes from The Force Awakens were ultimately cut, and that the death scene he filmed for 2017’s The Last Jedi was left on the cutting room floor in favor of an off-screen death.
For his last time on stage as Ackbar, Rose made a joke out of his usual catchphrase: ‘It’s a wrap!’
He also remembered an earlier pivotal scene, when Ackbar slumps into his chair and sighs as the Rebel Alliance forces destroy the Death Star II in Return Of The Jedi, contradicting what the director had asked for.
Iconic: Rose is best known for playing Admiral Ackbar on screen; still from Return Of The Jedi
‘We’d done the deed, we’d won the battle against the Death Star and Richard Marquand came round and said ‘I want you all to stand up and dance around and celebrate,’ cause we won the battle,’ he said.
‘I was at the age where I came within about 200 people of being drafted to Vietnam — I had very strong views about war at the time. Although I think it’s something to be proud of, I don’t think it’s something to celebrate, there’s a big difference!’
‘So when they turned the camera on I thought: Our people have died, their people have died and the weight of it just sunk me down into the chair. And [Richard] got really angry and said ‘right, we’re going to do this again and this time you’re going to get up and dance around’.
‘I said ‘If you want Ackbar to dance around then put somebody else in the suit, you got my performance’. And they left it in!’
It’s a trap! He was disappointed that most of his scenes were cut from The Force Awakens and his death scene in The Last Jedi was shelved in favor of an off-screen end; still from Return Of The Jedi