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We all react to incidents in different ways. Some choose to lash out at others in the wake of pain or tragedy. Some choose to internalize everything until it explodes out of them in a fury or tears. But if you’re like Star Wars: Episode 7 director J.J. Abrams, you might turn all this pent-up energy into an emotional speech about how beautiful the moon is. At least, this was what happened after Harrison Ford broke his leg.
We all know the story of how Han Solo got injured on the set of the new Star Wars movie: the Millennium Falcon door broke off its hinges and impaled him, breaking his leg and sending him to the hospital. With the 72-year-old’s health in jeopardy, not to mention his future in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams was undoubtedly worried for the man. However, after the incident when he realized that Ford would make a full recovery, he returned to set with a newfound appreciation for the moon and life.
In an interview with HuffPost UK, one of Abrams’ new Star Wars stars, Oscar Isaac, revealed this strange story:
JJ was in such high spirits, he was literally making jokes on the loudspeakers. We had a big schedule that day, but JJ stopped us all and he said, 'Can everybody just stop and look at the moon right now?' He said, 'Look how beautiful it is, and how lucky we all are to be here.' JJ knows what’s important, and he reminded us it was a beautiful experience. He made it very personal.
Abrams has always been appreciative of the experience of directing his own Star Wars movie. And not just any Star Wars movie, but the first installment of a brand new trilogy. However, he also admitted that the entire experience is freaking him out a bit, given how passionate all the fans (including himself) are. Thankfully, Ford made a relatively quick recovery and production only had to be postponed for a few weeks to accommodate him. But you have to wonder whether the set is…well, cursed!
Aside from Ford, Peter Mayhew, who famously plays Solo’s sidekick Chewbacca, recently contracted pneumonia and was sent to the hospital. He too will make a full recovery, but we wonder if this instance and Ford’s leg injury are somehow cosmic retribution for the whole "who shot first?" fiasco. (Admittedly, we too handle incidences in unique ways.)
We’ll see both these guys, as well as their buddies Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Warwick Davis (Wicket), on screen in Star Wars: Episode 7 starting on December 18. At least the rest of these folks, some of which are in their 80s and 70s, are keeping it together.