J.J. Abrams says Harrison Ford’s broken leg improved Star Wars

By Marriska Fernandes on April 21, 2016 | 1 Comment


Star Wars: The Force AwakensHarrison Ford Star Wars poster director J.J. Abrams revealed that the movie wouldn’t have been as good had it not been for Harrison Ford‘s accident during production.

It was a sad day for Star Wars fans when news broke that a Millennium Falcon door fell on Harrison Ford and crushed his ankle. The fear that this could delay production of the film made headlines.

At the Tribeca Film Festival, J.J Abrams revealed that when production was halted due to Ford’s injury, it gave him time off to focus on rewriting the relationship between Rey and Finn.

He said: “When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn’t work at all. It was much more contentious. 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 rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these  two characters to where they needed to be.”

One man’s loss, is another force’s gain couldn’t ring more true on this one.



Comments & Discussion

  1. Cynthia • April 21, 2016 @ 11:13 AM

    Interesting. Must have been difficult working with two first-timers. Glad they finally pulled through and gave fantastic performances.


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