Harrison Ford reveals how he broke his leg on the set of Star Wars – and it sounds horrible

Han Solo had a nasty accident after somebody fiddled with the controls of the Millennium Falcon

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has detailed exactly how he broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier this year – and it turns out there is someone out there who’s probably feeling pretty bad about breaking Han Solo.


“I was just standing in the doorway talking to JJ Abrams, our director, Ford explained on Saturday’s The Jonathan Ross Show. “The camera hadn’t been set up but I was wearing my costume ready to go to work.

“We had a big budget this time. In the original film, the door – if there had been a door – would have been closed with a pulley and a stage hand just closing it.  Now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a f***ing great hydraulic door which closed at light speed and somebody said, ‘Ooh I wonder what this is?’ [pretends to point at buttons]. and the door came down and hit me on my left hip because I was turned to my right.”


“And then it flung my left leg up and it dislocated my ankle, and as it drove me down to the floor, my legs slapped on the ramp up to the Millennium Falcon and broke both bones in my left leg,” he explained.

“Sooo, serious?” Ross asked the actor. Dumb question. “Sort of. Duh! Yeah!” he replied.

The chat show host said the button pusher must be feeling pretty bad about putting Ford out of action – filming was halted for around eight weeks – but Ford says he doesn’t know who it was.

“I don’t know and I don’t want to know,” Ford said. Good thing he isn’t just in it for the money.


Watch Harrison Ford’s interview on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday 19th July at 9.45pm on ITV