10 Most Unusual Demands By Star Wars Actors

Samuel L. Jackson begged George Lucas for a purple lightsaber - and he got it.

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It's fair to say that most actors are simply happy to have a paying gig working on a movie, and they typically don't expect to have much say or be able to make special requests - especially where blockbuster franchises are concerned.

But that's not always true, and in the case of the Star Wars franchise, a few actors dared to make an unexpected ask while playing their role.

From A-list frontline mega-stars to more low-key supporting players, each of these performers made a strange, unexpected request of the production, whether to their director or even directly to George Lucas himself.

From begging for their characters to be killed off, to requesting bizarre storylines and character affectations, and even pleading for a certain coloured lightsaber, these actors all adhered to the classically proven maxim of "don't ask, don't get."

And in all but one case, their left-field requests were eventually granted, which far from diva-like were simply surprising in their sheer strangeness.

In the very least most of these demands ended up being harmless enough for their respective movie, and may have even improved things in the long run...

10. Kill Han Solo - Harrison Ford

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Though Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was killed off in highly dramatic fashion in The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford himself had actually requested as much more than 30 years earlier.

During production of Return of the Jedi, Ford begged George Lucas to kill Han Solo, feeling that it would bring some real dramatic heft to the story. He said in a 2015 interview with Conan O'Brien:

"I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise, not that there wasn't some already but I just wanted in on some part of it."

It's not exactly a secret that Ford has mixed feelings about his part in Star Wars, and clearly would've been happy to close the book on it forever after the original three Star Wars movies.

And while Lucas of course refused his request to kill Han, Han's death in The Force Awakens is likely why Ford agreed to return.

Ironically, though, Ford did agree to come back one last time in The Rise of Skywalker, appearing as a vision in front of his son-and-murderer Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Generally speaking a lead role in a major movie franchise is something most actors are willing to milk for every last drop, but in Ford's case he evidently would've been fine with Han dying way back in 1983.


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