In this comment, there is a reference to "some of the lines that Harrison Ford/Sir Alec Guiness allegedly refused to say". Poking around (admittedly briefly) online, I couldn't find any references to these lines. Are there examples somewhere?

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    I've seen comments about both of them complaining about the dialogue (particularly Ford complaining about the "traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops..." bit), but I've never seen anything about them flat out refusing to say any lines.
    – phantom42
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:08
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    Harrison Ford: [about making the first "Star Wars" movie] I did once say, "George, you can type this shit, but you can't say it!", and of course, that's the year he gets nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:47
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    George Lucas: [about Francis Ford Coppola] Before I met him, I couldn't write a word, and now I'm the King of Wooden Dialogue.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:48
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    I don't think it was an issue of refusing to say the lines so much as it was a tendency for Harrison Ford to revise the lines as he said them. The commentary track on the Star Wars DVDs mentions it at least once.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:50
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    I find it interesting that the then less famous cast of Ep 4 delivered the awkward lines so much better than the mega cast for the prequels.
    – ThruGog
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 12:06

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Ford refused to say, "I love you too".

Here's one example. When filming The Empire Strikes Back, Harrison Ford refused to say "I love you, too", which was the scripted response to Leia's "I love you".

On the day he shot the carbonite scene in June 1979, director Irvin Kershner was actively making changes to screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan’s script. Amazingly, there’s a complete record of when and how these changes occurred, because unit publicist Alan Arnold was recording everything on audio cassette. In a conversation between Ford and Kershner transcribed in Rinzler’s book, the director and star agree that the love scene needs to be less florid.

“I think she ought to just say, ‘I love you,’ as I’m passing by her,” Ford suggests to Kershner. Later in the conversation, he makes the change to his own line, saying, “If she says, ‘I love you,’ and I say, ‘I know,’ it’s beautiful and it’s acceptable and it’s funny.”

...When Kershner put his first cut of The Empire Strikes Back together, executive producer George Lucas pushed back against the new dialogue, fearing that the audience would laugh at Han’s line...“When the film was over, people came up and said that is the most wonderful line and it worked. So George decided not to have the second screening.”


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    If only Hayden Christensen had refused to say "I don't like sand"...
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 20:21
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    I wish I could wish away that memory. Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 19:26

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