Harrison Ford dominated headlines last year when news broke that he suffered a serious injury while filming “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” at Pinewood Studios in Buckinhamshire, England, and now director J.J. Abrams revealed he too suffered a broken bone during the incident.
During his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Abrams explained, “We were filming a scene and there was an accident on set. There was a hydraulic door that went down. He was pushed down and his ankle goes 90 degrees.” Applauding Ford for how he handled the gruesome ankle break Abrams said, “He’s down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes.”
Rushing to Ford’s aide, the director revealed, “I’m trying to lift this door and I feel this kind of pop in my back. I’m like ‘uh, that’s weird.’ So I go to the doctor a couple days later and he goes, ‘oh, you have a broken back.’ I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”
Abrams explained he kept the injury to himself, and in turn, Ford unknowingly inflicted pain on the director by causing him to jump while showing off his healed ankle. “So a few months later,” Abrams said, “I’m still wearing this really silly back brace under my shirt, no one knows, I didn’t tell anyone, so I have this back brace on, Harrison Ford, from across the stage, sprints at me faster than I will ever run.”
Abrams also spoke of Ford’s quick recovery following his frightening plane crash earlier this year. In early March, the actor was flying a vintage WWII plane which stalled upon take-off forcing him to crash-land on an L.A. golf course. At the time, his rep said, “He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.” Abrams told Stewart, “He was injured there too but we went to Comic-Con and he like bounds out on stage. I don’t understand that gentleman.”
Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo in the upcoming reboot of the popular film franchise. “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas, takes place thirty years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” (1983). Ford is reunited with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Leia. The film also features appearances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Glesson, Gwendoline Christine, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver. “The Force Awakens” arrives in theaters on December 18.