Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of Star Wars:Episode VII. The 71-year-old actor was then transported to hospital via helicopter and is undergoing treatment.
The incident occurred in Buckinghamshire at Pinewood studios where scenes for Stars Wars: Episode VII was being filmed. Ford was in the middle of doing a stunt when the actor had a metal door fall and land on him. The actor fell to the floor, clutching his chest, and was in obvious pain. The accident happened near the famed Millennium Falcon ship in the studios M stage. Ford was then laid out on a stretcher, airlifted from the studio and taken to hospital.
A source told the Mirror that when the actor fell to the ground, the Indiana Jones star had injured his foot and was also holding his chest as he was being taken away. “He is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood,” the source said, “and no chances were being taken.” The source continued, “So he got straight into a helicopter and was taken away in a lot of pain.”
The accident happened at the beginning of the shooting schedule which was a night shoot that began at 5p.m. The rest of production was closed down after the accident and the schedule for production will have to change due to Ford’s injury. Ford’s well being is the main concern at the moment.
The Fugitive star was rushed to Oxford at the John Radcliff hospital that specializes in fractures. Although it was reported that Ford was suffering from chest pains as he was being taken for treatment, it seems that the actor does not have any major chest injury. However, all of the test results have not yet been received.
It appears that the hydraulics of one of the doors malfunctioned and caused the door to collapse on Ford. During the production halt, all other doors on set are being checked to ensure all is working safely.
With Harrison Ford getting injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, many fans are wondering if this will cause the movie release date to be delayed. This has not been determined but the mishap has certainly offered new challenges for the entire crew to overcome in order to make all deadlines.
Ford, who started out as a carpenter, landed his iconic role as Han Solo for merely standing in on-screen tests with George Lucas. The actor would help Lucas audition other actors for the main characters. To his utter surprise, Ford was offered the role of Han Solo that would change the direction of his life, forever.
Along with Ford, Star Wars: Episode VII is bringing back familiar faces like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels all of whom will be returning. New cast members include Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.
Though, Harrison Ford was injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, the show must go on, as they say in Hollywood. Production and filming will continue, working around Ford’s recovery.
By Derik L. Bradshaw