JJ Abrams Broke His Back Trying to Save Harrison Ford from the Millennium Falcon

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 9:48AM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday, 31 July 2015 - 9:48AM
JJ Abrams Broke His Back Trying to Save Harrison Ford from the Millennium Falcon
There was a flurry of concern after the door to the Millennium Falcon fell on Harrison Ford, breaking his ankle. But as it turns out, the Star Wars actor has superhuman healing powers (naturally), and we all should have been more worried about Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams. In a lighthearted, self-deprecating interview from The Daily Show, Abrams recalled that he secretly broke his back while trying to save Han Solo (start at 4:33):



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There was an accident on set, there was a hydraulic door that fell down, [Harrison Ford] was pushed down, and his ankle was at 90 degrees. And he's down there, and he's toughing it out, and he's a superhuman being, he's literally lying there making jokes... I'm trying to help lift it up, because that's the kind of guy I am... and I feel this kind of 'pop' in my back... I go to my doctor a couple of days later and he says, 'Oh, you have a broken back.'
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It's touching to hear that Abrams's first instinct was to try to help Ford when he was injured, but Abrams casts Ford as the real hero:

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So, a few months later, I'm still wearing this really silly back brace under my shirt. No one knows, I didn't tell anyone... Harrison Ford from across the stage sprints at me faster than I will ever run, and he's like, 'Hi, JJ!' and I'm like, 'Hi, Harrison For- oh it hurts to talk that way.
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The two men then venerate Ford's magic "healing powers" (rightly so), and between this incident and Ford's miracle plane landing, spookily speculate that he may be "unbreakable." Makes sense. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out in theaters on December 18. 

Via Collider.
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