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JJ Abrams Broke His Back Trying To Help Harrison Ford On Star Wars Set

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Sat, 08/01/2015 - 00:44

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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filming, an accident occurred on set with the door of the Millennium Falcon crushing and injuring Harrison Ford.

Now it's learned that Ford wasn't the only casualty.

Director J.J. Abrams recently appeared on Jon Stewart where Stewart asked Abrams about the most recent Ford incident involving the air place crash. Abrams compared Ford to being a real life Marvel hero.

"The guy is like a real-life super hero," Abrams said. "He should have the Marvel logo above his name."

Abrams then recalled the Star Wars accident with Ford and the Millennium Falcon and let it be known he actually broke his back while attempting to help Ford.

“We actually were filming this scene and there was an accident on set. There was this hydraulic door that went down. He was pushed down and his ankle goes ninety degrees. 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 pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.’”

Abrams ended up going to the doctor a couple days later.

“[The Doctor] goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back,’” Abrams said. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”

It turns out Abrams actually had to wear the brace longer than it took for Ford's ankle to heal.

"A few months later I'm wearing this really silly back brace under my shirt. No one knows. I didn't tell anyone, right. So I have this back brace on," Abrams said. "Harrison Ford, from across the stage, sprints at me faster than I will ever run, and he's like 'hi, JJ,' and I'm like 'hi, Harrison ford,' - oh, it hurts to talk that way - so I felt like the most nebbishy Jewish director ever."

Abrams and Stewart continue with talk of how Ford is more than human.

"He’s a Miracle Man, and I’m like, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Darth Vader, could you be more evil?’”  Abrams said.

Jump to the 4-minute mark to check it out:

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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