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'Star Wars' bad guys get silly in exclusive clip

The villainous First Order is a rather serious bunch in the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy, taking over from the Empire in taking over the universe, bullying everyday folks in the galaxy, blowing up planets and overall being jerks with English accents.

They’re at it again in “The Rise of Skywalker” (out on digital platforms March 17 and Blu-ray/DVD March 31), which brings a close to the nine-film “Skywalker saga” started by George Lucas in 1977. The last installment features a final battle between the First Order, revealed to be run by the evil Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), and the rebellious Resistance.

It’s all pretty heady stuff, but USATODAY.com is premiering an exclusive bloopers clip with some lighter moments featuring Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson as exasperated First Order officer General Hux and his new boss Allegiant General Pryde, played by Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant.

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General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson, left) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) have words on board a First Order Star Destroyer in

Gleeson is a goofball between scenes, flubbing lines and dropping (bleeped) f-bombs as the buttoned-up Hux, who outs himself as a Resistance spy aboard a Star Destroyer to good guys Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). When Finn questions,”What, you?!” Hux says, “Yes,” though getting it right cracked up Gleeson and his co-stars.

“Myself and Richard had competitions to see who could forget their lines first,” Gleeson says.

Richard E. Grant stars as the First Order's Allegiant General Pryde, a new bad guy in

The video also shows Grant getting silly and enjoying himself while lording over his co-star. “Because Domhnall’s such a good guy, it was extremely enjoyable to pull status on him,” Grant says.

Pryde gets his biggest moment after the heroes escape, when he shoots Hux in the chest, and the video showcases a delighted Grant working on the scene. “To have a ‘Star Wars’ gun to take out General Hux was an extraordinarily pleasurable thing to do,” he says.

Gleeson didn’t have any hard feelings: “I have the very great pleasure to be shown the door by Richard E. Grant, which was lovely.”

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