The Aussie actor came to despise Bubo, a replica of the heroic bird which featured in the original 1981 film, and threatened to destroy it when director Louis Leterrier wasn’t looking.
The moviemaker tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, “Sam couldn’t stand the owl. He wanted to destroy it. He kept threatening to drop it.
“He’d say, ‘This is ridiculous! This is a ridiculous thing to have in the movie! You’re going to ruin my career with that owl!'”
The actor adds, “That owl did not deserve to be in our movie.”