The 71-year-old Hollywood actor, who starred as Han Solo in the original three “Star Wars” films, is being treated in hospital after being injured while filming the next “Star Wars” installment, Disney Studios said Thursday.
“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates,” studio Disney said a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mr. Ford was at Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire, UK, when a hydraulic door fell down and hit him as he began work on “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Reportedly, the door was part of the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship his character Han Solo flies in the original trilogy of the sci-fi movie.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We were called to Pinewood studios at 5.05pm after reports of a 71-year-old man being injured by a door.”
The actor was examined by medics on set before his was airlifted by a helicopter for further treatment. The all-beloved Indiana Jones, who is married to actress Calista Flockhart, 49, was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which has a trauma unit with specialist fracture clinics.
The Health and Safety Executive was making preliminary enquiries into the accident, and it is believed that the Pinewood set will also be re-checked for safety issues.
Actually, it is not the first time when Ford suffers injuries during shooting. In 1984 when filming “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” he injured his back and needed an operation.
The director Steven Spielberg continued filming, getting Vic Armstrong, a British-born stuntman who looked so like Mr. Ford that members of the crew constantly confused the two, to be a stand-in for some scenes, reports Independent.
Mr. Ford once said: “On the first Indiana Jones movie, I tore an ACL (ligament) in one of my knees, can’t remember which knee.
“The scene in which I was fighting the big German mechanic on an airplane called a flying wing, I was run over by the landing gear and injured my knee, but I can’t remember which one it was.”
The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII”, which will be the first after creator George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise in 2012, stars original cast of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
The highly anticipated movie also features several newcomers such as Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac.
The events in the “Star Wars Episode VII,” which hits theaters December 18, 2015, will be set 30 years after the events in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, the third Star Wars film to be released.
The shooting takes place in the UK, and Chancellor George Osborne considers this fact as a “testament to the incredible talent in Britain” and meant “more jobs and more investment.”