American actor Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi directed by Welsh Richard Marquand. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Harrison Ford Got A Little Heated Over Star Wars Merch, According To Carrie Fisher
Despite not having much love for “Star Wars” or his character Han Solo, Harrison Ford did demand his fair share of the spotlight as one of the franchise's leads. In a 1980 feature for RollingStone magazine during the press tour for “The Empire Strikes Back,” Carrie Fisher recalled when Ford humorously threw a fit over his lack of inclusion in “Star Wars” merch.
In the interview, Fisher revealed, “Harrison used to get so upset: 'Mark gets to be a puzzle, why don't I?!' Those kinds of arguments. And we'll go, 'Wait a minute! Why don't I get to be on the pencil box for chrissake! I mean, if I'm gonna be in this and I'm gonna end up being two sizes of dolls, and a belt, and a cookie, and a hat, then why don't I get to be on an eraser, too?'”
Ford was very proud of himself for managing to add some personal flair and emotional depth to “The Empire Strikes Back,” so his frustration with the merchandising at the time makes a little more sense. Of course he would want this specific performance — this version of Han Solo to be immortalized in pop culture over anything else.