In a few weeks, the cutest, cuddliest, fluffiest little pals return to the big screen in The Secret Life of Pets 2. It's the sequel to the 2016 Illumination Entertainment hit, which revealed exactly what our pets get up to when we're not around.
In their new adventure, Max the Jack Russell (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and Duke the Newfoundland mix (voiced by Eric Stonestreet) are getting used to having a new human baby brother and go on a retreat to the countryside with their family. While there they meet Rooster, a sheepdog whose blunt, independent manner helps Max to battle his fears as a protective big brother – and he's voiced by none other than Harrison Ford.
Even though Rooster is a four-legged dog and therefore nothing like Ford, Rooster does share the actor's characteristic straight-to-the-point brashness and demeanour. Obviously he's played some of the most famous and loved characters of all time like Indiana Jones, Han Solo from Star Wars and Rick Deckard from Blade Runner. But seeing as Rooster is going to steal the show in The Secret Life of Pets 2, we thought we'd look back at some of Ford's forgotten roles.
1. Bruno (2009) – Himself in cameo
Blink and you'll miss Harrison Ford's cameo as himself in Sacha Baron Cohen's outrageous comedy Brüno. Ford says just two lines in his scene, which is NSFW. Just check it out below – it's hilarious and proves Ford, for all his serious roles, clearly has a great sense of humour. (Yes, this was reportedly staged.)
2. Cowboys & Aliens (2011) – Colonel Dolarhyde
Another Colonel! This time, Ford is blending his experience fighting aliens in Star Wars with his ability to survive in the dessert from Indiana Jones. In this star-studded western sci-fi, from Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Harrison Ford fights aliens while being a cowboy – opposite James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, no less. It's crazy, sure, but it's Harrison Ford and we like that.
3. Ender's Game (2013) – Colonel Hyrum Graff
In this adaptation of Orson Scott Card's influential sci-fi novel, Harrison Ford plays Colonel Graff, the man responsible for training young cadets in a game simulation with real-life consequences. The word gruff usually describes Ford's big screen appearances, and they don't come gruffer than this, as he instills military discipline into youngsters compelled to battle the 'formics' – insect-like creatures with an apparent desire to wipe out humanity.
4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) – Mack Tannen
You may have forgotten that Harrison Ford had a cameo in the comedy sequel to Anchorman. Probably the most famous news anchor out there, Mack Tannen (Ford) is what Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) aspires to be like. So when Tannen retires, fires Burgundy and promotes Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Burgundy isn't too pleased. Ford is hilarious as a news anchor at the top of his game, even turning up in the ludicrous fight scene that pits an enormous number of A-list actors against one another.
5. The Expendables 3 (2014) – Max Drummer
By the time the they got to the third Expendables movie, it was getting difficult to step things up a gear, especially given the previous two films featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and other action icons. Who better to ramp it up than the guy who has played archaeologist adventurer Indiana Jones, the dashingly cool pilot Han Solo and replicant bounty hunter Rick Deckard? All this experience helped with the role of Max Drummer, the CIA field operations officer and pilot, who has the tough job of managing the Expendables.
6. The Age of Adaline (2015) – William Jones
The Age of Adaline is a romantic fantasy drama in which Blake Lively's Adaline miraculously never ages after suffering an accident. Harrison Ford is William, Adaline's former fiancée, who has aged while she's stayed the same. It's a sentimental, somewhat cheesy affair, but Ford is quietly powerful as the former love interest forced to grapple with past choices and what might have been.
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Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.