When Harrison Ford broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014, it could have been worse. A lot worse.
During a hearing in a British courtroom on Tuesday, prosecutor Andrew Marshall said that the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon that broke Ford”s leg “could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn”t was because an emergency stop was activated,” according to The Guardian.
It was in June 2014 that Ford, while filming the movie at Pinewood Studios, was hit by the door and pinned to the floor. He was subsequently airlifted to a local hospital. The injury resulted in a two-week production delay for the Star Wars flick.
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After the injury, Ford was willing to make some light of the topic.
During an interview with British host Jonathan Ross, Ford said, “They built a [BLEEPING] great hydraulic door which closed at light speed and somebody said, ‘Ooh I wonder what this is?””
Ford continued, “The door came down and hit me on my left hip because I was turned to my right. 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.”
Ford has an amazing ability to dodge serious injury. In 2015, he crash landed a World War II-era plane on a Los Angeles golf course when the plane experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff. From that, Ford said he was “battered, but ok.”