“Broke both bones in my left leg”: Harrison Ford’s Injury in Star Wars Nearly Ended His Career, Led to $2M Lawsuit When Hydraulic Door ‘Closed at light speed’

Harrison Ford’s Injury in Star Wars Nearly Ended His Career, Led to $2M Lawsuit When Hydraulic Door ‘Closed at light speed’
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Harrison Ford is one of the most well-respected and talented actors in Hollywood. Famously known for starring in many massively successful franchises over the course of his career, with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner, he has established himself as one of the most successful and skilled actors in the film industry. He showcases immense dedication to the roles he takes up, going above and beyond for the roles he takes up.

Harrison Ford
Hollywood star Harrison Ford

When actors are taking part in projects that require them to perform risky stunts and put themselves in dangerous situations, it is quite common that something unexpected happens and they accidentally get hurt in some way or the other. Be it because of technical issues or unforeseen circumstances, the entire concept isn’t anything new to the industry. Ford, himself experienced something similar while working on Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

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Harrison Ford Got Hurt On Set

Harrison Ford famously played the role of Han Solo in the beloved and iconic franchise, Star Wars. What many might not know, however, is the time the actor got seriously hurt on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The actor revealed during an appearance on Jonathan Ross’ show, according to The Guardian, the time that he broke his foot on the hydraulics that were involved with the Millennium Falcon.

Harrison Ford in Star Wars
Harrison Ford in Star Wars

“Now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a fucking great hydraulic door which closed at light speed and somebody said, ‘Ooh I wonder what this is?’” he went on, “And the door came down and hit me on my left hip because I was turned to my right. And then it flung my left leg up and it dislocated my ankle and as it drove me down to the floor, my legs slapped on the ramp up to the Millennium Falcon and broke both bones in my left leg.”

The technology that went into the creation of these hydraulics was so advanced that they moved, according to the actor, at the speed of light. This proved to be quite the lapse in judgment as the door once ended up coming down on Ford’s hip and then his left leg. While his hip was turned to the side, his leg saw the brunt of the damage. The incident dislocated the actor’s ankle and broke both bones in his leg.

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The Production Company Was Sued

Though Harrison Ford made a full recovery and was able to finish the film, this injury did not go unpunished. Foodles Production Company, the company responsible for this l, was fined £1.6 million ($2 million) by a U.K. court. The reason for this ruling was that they breached their health and safety duties. Interestingly enough, they had already had two counts of breaching health and safety duties in the past.

Harrison Ford became
Harrison Ford

“The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority and we deeply regret this unfortunate on-set accident. The Court acknowledged both the additional safety protocols that were immediately implemented, and that it was a very safe production in all other respects.”

After receiving backlash for this, the company released a statement that stated, according to The Guardian, that they deeply care about the safety and well-being of their cast and crew members adding that it is their top priority. This also read that they have added additional safety protocols to avoid something like this in the future.

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Source: The Guardian


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