Harrison Ford Gets a Mechanical Peg Leg - Is Episode VII Back on Track?
Harrison Ford, the 71-year-old Star Wars star, is slowly recovering from his accident on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII last month. The actor, who plays the roguish Han Solo, just underwent surgery on his injured ankle, but he is already back on his feet thanks to a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg/crutch called the iWalk Crutch.
This iWalk crutch, which Ford is supposedly very adept at maneuvering, is FDA-registered, hands free, and quite frankly makes him look like a badass. In an interview with People magazine, Brad Hunter, the director of iWalk Crutch, explains the benefits of his product: "When you use normal crutches, you're passive in your recovery, and you're not using your leg, so you're atrophying from day one. With this, you're not. So it's a very active way to do recovery."
Hunter, who has been working to help Harrison acclimate, commended Ford for his composure and flexibility. "He's a tough guy. He was in very good spirits— he was alert and very sharp," explained Hunter. "I wish everybody was so easy. He gets it. He's mechanically inclined."
Hunter isn't quite sure how much longer Harrison will be out of work, but claims that the star told him it would be "about a month." There is still no official word from Disney or Lucasfilm regarding the impact of Ford's injury on the shooting schedule.