Harrison Ford recalls how he broke leg on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ set

Shooting was delayed for around eight weeks while the Han Solo actor recovered from his injuries

Harrison Ford has revealed how he broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Shooting on J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster was delayed for around eight weeks while the Han Solo actor recovered from his injuries, which were sustained while Ford was standing in a doorway on the Millennium Falcon.

“We had a big budget this time. In the original film, the door – if there had been a door – would have been closed with a pulley and a stage hand just closing it,” Ford explains in an interview on Jonathan Ross’s TV chatshow. “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?’ And the door came down and hit me on my left hip because I was turned to my right.”


Ford continues: “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.”

Asked by Ross whether he has found out which crew member caused his injuries, Ford replies: “I don’t know and I don’t want to know.”

Harrison Ford appears on The Jonathan Ross Show at 9.45pm tomorrow night (December 19) on ITV. Though the veteran actor reprises his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he has recently insisted that he wants “nothing to do with” the 2018 spin-off movie featuring a much younger version of the character.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, tipped to become the highest-grossing movie ever made, opened in UK cinemas yesterday and goes on general release across the US today (December 18). Read what the critics are saying about the film here.