Sometimes, actors want changes to their movie's script. They might want a line rewritten because they can't pronounce a word, or for their character to have a slightly different personality because they think it will play better, or to have tons of unexplained wardrobe changes because they'd like to steal some clothes. But that's all small stuff. Sometimes the changes they want are much, much bigger. Changes like ...
6Harrison Ford Killed Han Solo After Decades Of Trying
There was a spoiler in that title, incidentally. So ... heads up.
It's not exactly a secret that Harrison Ford has been trying to kill Han Solo for years. During the filming of the original trilogy, Ford felt that Solo's character arc -- a self-centered rogue who slowly grows to believe in something greater -- would have been capped off nicely with a meaningful death scene during Return Of The Jedi.
Or at the very least, a slapstick one.
But Han Solo didn't die in Jedi. (That was another spoiler, sorry, sorry.) This annoyed Ford, who by this point clearly had mixed feelings about how much people associated him with that character. Check out this interview Ford has with David Letterman. He is nominally there promoting Blade Runner, and after Letterman asks him a question about Return Of The Jedi you can see how close he comes to boiling over.
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Serious danger of a "Han shoots first" moment here.
It was awkward, and moments later, he'd storm out of the interview.
Decades later, you could tell he was still kind of carrying this chip around on his shoulder. When promoting The Force Awakens on Jimmy Kimmel's show, Kimmel asked Ford if he was grateful that his character endured for so many years. Ford clearly had to think about this a bit before answering.
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There were, uh, a few things going on in this interview, actually.
But in that same interview, he again talks openly about his desire to see the character killed off. He does it again on the same show a few months later (although for some reason, this time he isn't dressed as a hot dog). And then there was that Jimmy Fallon interview wherein, upon being asked if he got emotional when he put Han's costume back on, the cantankerous professional handsome man answered, "No, I got paid."
J.J. Abrams reportedly discussed Solo's death extensively with Ford. And although we don't have evidence that Ford's side of this conversation involved seizing Abrams by the lapels and screaming "Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes," boy, we wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly how it happened.
5Sam Worthington Rewrites Greek Mythology To Impress His Nephew
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Sam Worthington first rose to fame following the success of Avatar. You might remember it. It was the really blue movie.
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Like The Smurfs, but without all the sexual tension.
Following this, Worthington began getting offered lots of big hero roles, which was how he found himself cast as Perseus in Clash Of Titans, a remake of a classic 1980s B-movie. During the production of Clash, everyone knew it would need to be "refreshed" a bit from its goofy source material, and Worthington took a particular interest in this editing process. Notably, he (an actor, let's keep in mind) insisted that a key character from the original movie, the creepy mechanical owl Bubo, get written out.
"I'm Sam Worthington, you son of a bitch, and I ONLY work with blue creatures."
This was more than a gentle suggestion. He would scream at and threaten violence against the owl, and accuse it (and the director) of sabotaging his career. In the end, the poor benighted creature's role was reduced to a small cameo, in which Worthington's character finds it and is told, "It's nothing, just leave it."
Fuck you, Bubo.
There's more. Worthington wasn't a big fan of togas, so out they went. (Again, this is a film about Greek people.) Also, there were other issues in the script which he felt needed work. Like his opinion that Perseus, a half man, half God, should be more half man ... half man. And even though Greek mythology is almost entirely about heroes bound by inescapable fates, he didn't like that either. So out goes fate.
So yeah, pretty fundamental changes to the canon of Greek mythology. And the reason behind all this madness? He was trying to impress his nine-year-old nephew. (Who'd probably have liked to see the robot owl in the first place.)