Remember last summer, when principal photography on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was well underway and Harrison Ford broke his leg when a door on the Millennium Falcon fell on him? Everyone was worried about Ford, and about the production, but things quickly righted themselves. Well, it turns out that falling door claimed more than one casualty.
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was on The Daily Show last night to promote Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation (which he produced), but host Jon Stewart, like all of us, only wanted to talk about Star Wars. Since Abrams wasn't going to spill any major plot details about the flick, talk instead turned to Ford, who Abrams and Stewart both agreed is "a real-life superhero." Then Abrams discussed the moment Ford broke his leg on set, and revealed that he too broke a bone during the incident.
“[Harrison's] ankle goes 90 degrees. And he's down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes,” Abrams said. “This door had gone down, and I’m trying to help lift it up – because that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m trying to lift up this door and I feel this kind of pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.’”
A few days later, Abrams went to the doctor to get his back checked out, and found out he'd broken a vertebra.
“He goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back,’” Abrams said. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”
So now, no matter how The Force Awakens turns out, J.J. Abrams can always say that making a Star Wars movie is, literally, back-breaking work.
You can watch full video of Abrams' Daily Show appearance HERE.