"Star Wars" is in serious trouble after the accident that almost killed Han Solo IRL
You likely already know the fate of the beloved Han Solo.
If you don’t, I highly suggest you stop everything you’re doing right now (including reading this article) and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in as few parsecs as possible.
But even the most avid Star Wars fans may not know that Han Solo’s tragic fate was nearly mirrored on set by Harrison Ford thanks to an extremely dangerous accident.
A court is finally hearing about an extremely scary accident that happened during The Force Awakens filming. Apparently, Ford was on board the Millenium Falcon (or, at least, the set of his famous starship) when a heavy door accidentally fell down on him, crushed, and trapped him. The accident left him a number of terrifying injuries including a broken leg and dislocated ankle. Yet despite all that, he was apparently in good humor and even cracking jokes with the rest of the crew on set after the accident.
The silver lining in the incident was that at least an “emergency stop” was activated before any irreparable damage could be done.
Despite his injuries, Ford was completely healed and (at least according to the director J.J. Abrams) seemed better than ever within a few months.
The company in charge of the film’s behind-the-scenes safety, Foodles Production (which is also owned by Disney), has apparently plead guilty to two of the counts they’re being charged with and are basically admitting that they breached some important health and safety regulations. Though they won’t be sentenced until August 22, they will likely plead that the actor was in much less danger than it seemed.
A Health and Safety executive for the British government (where The Force Awakens and Episode VIII were both filmed) asserted that they’re committed to safety.
The government released an official statement saying, “The British film industry has a world-renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry.”
We’re just glad everybody is OK and hope that they all stay safe on and offscreen as they tell these epic stories of galaxies far, far away.