‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: What Happened after Harrison Ford’s Injury

     August 13, 2015

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Want more Star Wars: The Force Awakens details? Of course you do! EW just shared another piece that’s all about Harrison Ford returning as Han Solo. Here’s what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told the outlet about Ford’s first day on the Pinewood Studios set:

“The minute Harrison and Chewie walked on board the Millennium Falcon — that was incredible. Every single person on the set was stunned. I remember turning around, and there must have been 200 people gathered behind me — completely quiet. I didn’t even know they were there. The whole crew had stopped working, staring at the monitor, because it was so iconic.”

star-wars-the-force-awakens-behind-the-scenesIt was also a very special moment for Ford himself. Kennedy explained:

“Harrison was going through his own experience, finding that place for himself again, to return to something that had been so much a part of his identity and acting career. It was his own little personal journey, but once he got there, it was amazing. I mean, he was Han Solo again. That’s why everybody else got so quiet! They were like, ‘Oh my God, he’s back!’”

Director J.J. Abrams also addressed the accident that disrupted the shooting schedule back in June:

“It was obviously a horrible experience that I wish had never happened for obvious reasons. But the truth is, once we knew that Harrison was going to be okay, we all realized this was this greatest gift to the movie, and I would think that any filmmaker would say, ‘If I could get a break after a month of shooting, for a few weeks, to recalibrate, I would take it.’”


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Apparently Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan used the downtime to rewrite upcoming scenes and “reshoot some footage that they weren’t happy with.” Abrams also considered rewriting certain scenes so that Ford could sit more, but they soon realized that that wouldn’t be necessary. Abrams explained:

“It wasn’t something that we knew for a little while. When it became clear that he was going to be just fine, we realized we didn’t need to change that at all. In fact, there are some places where he’s more active than he was prior to the accident. As you’ll see in the movie, he is running and doing more physical activity in this movie than I think anyone who knows he was injured would expect. Nothing was adjusted or lessened because of that accident. Even for Harrison, who is famously resilient and strong, he blew everyone’s minds.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due in theaters on December 18th. You can check out even more of our recent coverage below:

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