HOLLYWOOD - Recently discovered letters between director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke reveal that Rosie the Robot Maid, the delightful humanoid robot fictional character in the sci-fi comedy classic The Jetsons, was Kubrick’s first choice to play the role that eventually went to HAL 9000.
The day Kubrick casted Rosie, he gushed to Clarke: ”In her I see more courage and wit and heart than ever came together in one gal.”
But Rosie didn’t last a week into shooting. She refused to come out of her trailer after claiming that the words of the song she was supposed to sing during her character’s breakdown — “Daisy, Daisy/Give me your answer do/I’m half crazy/all for the love of you” — was not written in her “voice.” Kubrick fired her on the spot.
Kubrick’s second choice, the robot from Lost in Space, was then tied up in a controversial palimony suit with Will Robinson, and Arthur C. Clarke thought it would be “bad for business” to give him the role. The HAL 9000 was Kubrick’s third choice.