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When Harrison Ford got injured while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens fandom screamed out in an agonizing pain of their own. It wasn’t clear how serious the injury was or what it would mean for the film or the return of Ford’s iconic character. The actor has now talked more about exactly what happened when The Millennium Falcon dropped a door on him, and Jimmy Fallon provided a prop so that the injury could be better illustrated.
It’s nice that Harrison Ford can laugh at the series of injuries that he has received in recent months. The fact that he had to stop and specify which leg was broken on set, because he broke the other in a plane crash... well, it's only funny because Ford says it is. While explaining on the action figure, a dislocated ankle is apparently a much more serious injury on the toy than it luckily was on the man himself, and just hearing the words "dislocated the ankle forward" is likely causing you pain just thinking about it. Ankles do not traditionally bend that way.
At the same time, it looks like Harrison Ford may not be entirely over the accident, as he goes slightly mad on the action figure after accidentally removing one leg. The host of the The Tonight Show implies that the figure is, or was, valuable. Hopefully, for whoever the owner is, having a Han Solo action figure that was personally dismembered by the man who played the role will allow the toy to keep its value. I know a few people who would buy that on eBay.
While the movie did as much as they could to shoot around Harrison Ford’s injury, they were eventually forced to take a short hiatus from filming to allow Harrison Ford to recover. Director J.J. Abrams has since said the injury was actually good for the movie, as it allowed him to review the work that had been done and make some adjustments to the film that he might not otherwise have been able to do.
Other things we learned today include the fact that Harrison Ford apparently can’t do a spit take to save his life. This is what happens when you don’t do a lot of comedy in your career.
We’re certainly glad that Ford has apparently healed in body, if not in mind. It looks like even for a man in his seventies, the injury has not slowed him down at all. We’re looking forward to seeing Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon, and it’s evil, evil door when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally comes out December 18.