In 2014, while the world eagerly anticipated any morsel of information about the upcoming Stars Wars: The Force Awakens, we got news that the dashing space smuggler had been critically injured. Fans entered panic mode. Would the movie be delayed? Is Han Solo (Harrison Ford) okay?
Luckily, Harrison Ford survived the deadly incident involving a faulty safety mechanism on the door of the Millennium Falcon. It’s best to hear the man himself explain it.
J.J Abrams also shared his thoughts with Fallon the night before.
While in hindsight Harrison Ford is able to laugh about it, the ordeal sounded quite traumatic. In the courtroom, The Health and Safety Executive described the event in painful detail. The door of the Falcon malfunctioned and pinned Harrison Ford to the floor by the pelvis. His tibia and fibula were both broken, his ankle dislocated, and there was a gash on his hand. They likened the door to a “blunt guillotine,” and compared its impact force to that of a small car. Scary stuff indeed.
Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, the company set up by Disney to make the film, was fined roughly $2 million (USD) as a result of the unfortunate accident. They were taken to court in the first place for not ensuring safety on the set. Set workers claimed to have hit the emergency stop for the door, but were not quick enough.
Foodles Production (UK) Ltd admitted their guilt in two counts of neglecting the all important duty of safety on the set. Neglect that almost cost the world a legend.
Were you as relieved as I was when you found out a legend of geekdom, Harrison Ford, survived this near death experience? Let us know in the comments, and don’t for get to watch the Rogue One trailer. It’s spectacular.