Last summer, while principal photography was under way on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, franchise icon Harrison Ford suffered an on-set injury, breaking his ankle during a scene involving the Millennium Falcon. The actor was out for eight weeks following the injury, as he recuperated from surgery. Now that we're just 16 days from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters, Harrison Ford appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he helped explain the injury, with the help of a Han Solo action figure.
The injury happened when a door on the Millennium Falcon slammed down on his leg, or, as the actor himself put it, "They closed a f---ing door on me." After Jimmy Fallon brought out a Han Solo action figure, Harrison Ford attempted to show how he broke his ankle, resulting in the action figure's leg snapping off, as he proceeded to have some sort of a fake outburst. Perhaps the actor was just letting off some steam after a lengthy shoot, dismembering this supposedly valuable action figure.
After the actor's injury, the production was briefly halted, after they tried to continue shooting in his absence. A rumor surfaced that director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy were pushing Disney to delay the film to May 16, 2016, which would have kept the tradition alive of all Star Wars movies being released in May. The report claimed that Disney wouldn't budge off of its December 18, 2015 release date, so production resumed as scheduled.
Ironically, we also reported today that Disney is casting its younger version of Harrison Ford's Han Solo for their Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. The production has reportedly tested over 2,500 young actors, between the ages of 18 and 32 for the legendary role, although no front runner has emerged quite yet. Production is scheduled to begin until January 2017, so we'll have to wait and see who lands this role.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been featuring guests from Star Wars: The Force Awakens all week, with director J.J. Abrams appearing on Monday, Harrison Ford arriving last night, Adam Driver scheduled to appear tonight and Daisy Ridley putting in an appearance on Thursday. We'll be sure to bring you any updates that surface from tonight and tomorrow night's episodes, but, until now, take a look at Harrison Ford violently explaining his injury, and failing to perform a proper spit-take. Do you think the star is still harboring some ill will over the injury?