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How Harrison Ford's Injury Helped Star Wars Director

"We started working with Rey and Finn. The first time we did it, it didn't work at all as we wrote it. And when Harrison Ford got injured, we ended up having a few weeks off. When we went back to work again, we just reshot those scenes from the ground up and it was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be"

  | April 21, 2016 15:13 IST (London)
Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford in a still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Highlights

  • Harrison Ford was injured while working on Millennium Falcon spaceship
  • After Mr Ford's injury film production was shut down for two weeks
  • JJ Abrams said it was a 'scary day,' when Mr Ford was injured
Actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a blessing in disguise said director J J Abrams, reported Contactmusic.
Production on the film was shut down for two weeks in 2014 when Mr Ford was seriously injured after getting trapped by the door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship.
During a Tribeca Film Festival interview in New York, Mr Abrams said, "I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started working with (characters) Rey and Finn; the first time we did it, it didn't work at all as we wrote it. They were much more contentious," he said.
"I didn't direct it right. It was set up all wrong. And when Harrison Ford got injured, which was a very scary day, we ended up having a few weeks off. And it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rethink it, and then rewrite quite a bit of that relationship," he added.
"So when we went back to work again, we actually just reshot those scenes from the ground up and it was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be," said Mr Abrams.

 
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