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Harrison Ford's Star Wars: Episode VII injury is worse than we thought

Jun. 19, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Things just went from bad to worse. After being updated that Harrison Ford's on-set injury was a broken ankle that would keep the actor out for 8 weeks, we were told that it would not delay production on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII at all. Now, we are finally being told the extent to the injury is more severe.

BBC News confirmed with Ford's publicist that the injury is in fact a broken leg and not his ankle. The eight week turnaround likely means he will be in a cast for a portion, if not the majority, of that time. If the character of Han Solo is truly as significant to the film as we have been led to believe, this could be a big issue. Disney and Lucasfilm are still staying true to the stated release date as they likely shift as much of the production schedule to focus on Ford's more significant scenes until after he is fully healed.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was the subject of rumor and criticism as we heard about difficulties with the script and projected summer release date. Eventually, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over the writing and a Christmas release was announced. The studio is fully aware that another push at this point may be what finally cracks the ice for fans anticipating the new film.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters (hopefully) on December 18, 2015.

Source: BBC News

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10:10AM on 06/21/2014
If it's that big a deal just write the injury into the movie. Too close to an explosion and bam instant bum leg.
If it's that big a deal just write the injury into the movie. Too close to an explosion and bam instant bum leg.
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11:50AM on 06/20/2014

SoFord was out with a major back injury during Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, which starred Harrison Ford for the entire length of the film, had to work around Ford when he injured his back and had to have back surgery. He was out for a loooooong time. The scene where Indy fights the head Thuggee guard on the conveyer belt was not Harrison Ford in about 99% of the shots. Ever notice that you never see Ford's face unless it's an up-close shot? Episode VII will be fine.
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, which starred Harrison Ford for the entire length of the film, had to work around Ford when he injured his back and had to have back surgery. He was out for a loooooong time. The scene where Indy fights the head Thuggee guard on the conveyer belt was not Harrison Ford in about 99% of the shots. Ever notice that you never see Ford's face unless it's an up-close shot? Episode VII will be fine.
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5:33AM on 06/20/2014

So he wears a cast for his remaining scenes.

Nothing a little CGI and camera magic cn't cover up. So we see him sitting down behind the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon more than we normally would, or he is only shot from the waist up.

Jackie Chan has broken more than a few bones during his shoots and he just wore a sock over his cast and still would do crazy tricks.
Nothing a little CGI and camera magic cn't cover up. So we see him sitting down behind the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon more than we normally would, or he is only shot from the waist up.

Jackie Chan has broken more than a few bones during his shoots and he just wore a sock over his cast and still would do crazy tricks.
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11:06PM on 06/19/2014

lol

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9:30PM on 06/19/2014
It was already broken. It happened when he was sent flying in the refrigerator.
It was already broken. It happened when he was sent flying in the refrigerator.
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8:28PM on 06/19/2014

CGI

didn't robert downey jr. break his leg or something while filming iron man 3 and they CGI'ed his face onto a double? they'll probably do that. the ironic part being... if they were going to CGI harrison ford anyways, they could have done so many different stories with a younger han solo.
didn't robert downey jr. break his leg or something while filming iron man 3 and they CGI'ed his face onto a double? they'll probably do that. the ironic part being... if they were going to CGI harrison ford anyways, they could have done so many different stories with a younger han solo.
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8:24PM on 06/19/2014

Mr. Ford

Get better soon.
Get better soon.
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8:22PM on 06/19/2014
It's not the years honey...it's the mileage...and the damn double posts.
It's not the years honey...it's the mileage...and the damn double posts.
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8:22PM on 06/19/2014
It's not the years honey...it's the mileage.
It's not the years honey...it's the mileage.
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7:46PM on 06/19/2014
They can either adjust the screenplay to cope with the situation or just wait for Ford to heal and get back to action.
They can either adjust the screenplay to cope with the situation or just wait for Ford to heal and get back to action.
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6:58PM on 06/19/2014

You can only...

You can only say your girl may not look like much for so long before she wants you on your ass like a Jedi falling from a Tauntaun.
You can only say your girl may not look like much for so long before she wants you on your ass like a Jedi falling from a Tauntaun.
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6:15PM on 06/19/2014
Maybe they can write in a scene where Solo's leg somehow gets trapped in carbonite, and design a cast to match.
Maybe they can write in a scene where Solo's leg somehow gets trapped in carbonite, and design a cast to match.
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5:57PM on 06/19/2014

I'm still pumped for the new trilogy

Accidents happen, and Harrison's over 70: injuries will take longer to heal at that age. It takes more than this for me to call this a "troubled production."

I suspect the vast majority of Han Solo's scenes will take place with him siting in a chair.
Accidents happen, and Harrison's over 70: injuries will take longer to heal at that age. It takes more than this for me to call this a "troubled production."

I suspect the vast majority of Han Solo's scenes will take place with him siting in a chair.
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5:20PM on 06/19/2014

DELAY

Delay the movie til May 2016. It'll be no big deal. Plus it'll get SW back to it's usual May slot. It'll let the Xmas 2015 BO breathe a little and make May 2016 a record-breaking month for movies.
Delay the movie til May 2016. It'll be no big deal. Plus it'll get SW back to it's usual May slot. It'll let the Xmas 2015 BO breathe a little and make May 2016 a record-breaking month for movies.
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5:04PM on 06/19/2014

delayed

The release date will be pushed. for sure.
The release date will be pushed. for sure.
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4:56PM on 06/19/2014

Close the Blast Doors...

Maybe he was trying to do this again but was a little slow...
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Maybe he was trying to do this again but was a little slow...
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4:04PM on 06/19/2014
Man he is accident prone. I'm sure geeks across the planet are upset today hearing this.
Man he is accident prone. I'm sure geeks across the planet are upset today hearing this.
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4:00PM on 06/19/2014
Universal can complete fast 7 and Paul Walker is dead....I'm thinking a broken leg isn't as bad
Universal can complete fast 7 and Paul Walker is dead....I'm thinking a broken leg isn't as bad
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3:54PM on 06/19/2014

I hate to rag on the guy

But i'd like to think this is Karma for all the years of saying he wanted nothing to do with Han Solo anymore. Hope he heals soon though.
But i'd like to think this is Karma for all the years of saying he wanted nothing to do with Han Solo anymore. Hope he heals soon though.
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3:36PM on 06/19/2014

AHH man......

Just give him a robotic leg. Luke had his hand, Vader had all limbs and penis replaced by robotics. He'll do fine with it.
Just give him a robotic leg. Luke had his hand, Vader had all limbs and penis replaced by robotics. He'll do fine with it.
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3:27PM on 06/19/2014
I've got a bad feeling about this.
I've got a bad feeling about this.
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3:26PM on 06/19/2014
They're already writing his broken leg into the script as being Jabba's final revenge for the time Solo trampled on his tail.
They're already writing his broken leg into the script as being Jabba's final revenge for the time Solo trampled on his tail.
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3:16PM on 06/19/2014
Big deal. I'm sure they can shoot scenes when he's sitting in the millennium falcon, or shoot him from the waist up. They can shoot him "running around" when he's healed. This is hardly a big deal. 8 weeks is nothing. I'm sure there's plenty more to shoot in the meantime.
Big deal. I'm sure they can shoot scenes when he's sitting in the millennium falcon, or shoot him from the waist up. They can shoot him "running around" when he's healed. This is hardly a big deal. 8 weeks is nothing. I'm sure there's plenty more to shoot in the meantime.
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6:47AM on 06/20/2014
Running around can be done by a stunt man because it won't be a close up.
Running around can be done by a stunt man because it won't be a close up.
3:15PM on 06/19/2014
It's not that bad. Things happen all the time during production.
It's not that bad. Things happen all the time during production.
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3:12PM on 06/19/2014
This seems to always happen to Ford. They'll just do what they always do, use Ford for close ups and medium shots (which make up the majority of shots in any movie) and use a stunt double for wide shots.
This seems to always happen to Ford. They'll just do what they always do, use Ford for close ups and medium shots (which make up the majority of shots in any movie) and use a stunt double for wide shots.
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3:11PM on 06/19/2014
Im sure they could work around it and if not... who cares if there is a tiny bit of a delay.!
Im sure they could work around it and if not... who cares if there is a tiny bit of a delay.!
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3:06PM on 06/19/2014
Doesn't seem like that much of a disaster. 8 weeks seems pretty standard for a broken leg. Perhaps they push off filming his scenes for 9-10 weeks. That way he get the cast off and gets re-adjusted to walking around without it. Nothing about this news means that a delay in production/release date is on the horizon. You're reading way too much into this.
Doesn't seem like that much of a disaster. 8 weeks seems pretty standard for a broken leg. Perhaps they push off filming his scenes for 9-10 weeks. That way he get the cast off and gets re-adjusted to walking around without it. Nothing about this news means that a delay in production/release date is on the horizon. You're reading way too much into this.
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2:59PM on 06/19/2014
Put him in one of those hovering wheelchair things Cliegg Lars got around in.
Put him in one of those hovering wheelchair things Cliegg Lars got around in.
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2:41PM on 06/19/2014
"...another push at this point may be what finally cracks the ice for fans anticipating the new film."

This is Star Wars we're talking about, nerds stand on-line just to get the autograph of the guy who said "You Rebel Scum." I'm sure and we will wait a little while longer for the movie.
"...another push at this point may be what finally cracks the ice for fans anticipating the new film."

This is Star Wars we're talking about, nerds stand on-line just to get the autograph of the guy who said "You Rebel Scum." I'm sure and we will wait a little while longer for the movie.
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2:29PM on 06/19/2014
Or just CGI the leg.
Or just CGI the leg.
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2:29PM on 06/19/2014
Time to recast...........;)
Time to recast...........;)
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3:10PM on 06/19/2014
Brilliant.
Brilliant.
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2:25PM on 06/19/2014

May 4th, 2016

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this film will open in May of 2016. Period.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this film will open in May of 2016. Period.
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2:17PM on 06/19/2014

**** happens

Now he will be more of a grump than ever before
Now he will be more of a grump than ever before
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