In the ageist society we live in, many would think that a 74-year old man on an action blockbuster set getting injured would entirely be his own fault. But, as Variety reports, the Disney-owned Foodles Production made a costly error when they overlooked a number of health and safety protocols. An oversight that caused their star man to break his left leg when he was crushed by the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon. Ouch!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a knockout of a reboot by J.J. Abrams and Disney. Success that allowed this behind-the-scenes mishap to be largely overlooked at the time. A subsequent fine of £1.6 million ($2 million) was handed down this week to Foodles for their negligence. The resulting injury set back filming while poor old Harrison's leg back was put back into one piece.
Ford Still A Tough Action Man Even In His 70s
You can't keep a good man down. Even when a huge hydraulic door slams your leg in half. Ford underwent surgery to screw together his fractured tibia and fibula bones while plastic surgery on a “deep laceration” to his left hand was required.
Sending down the sentence at Aylesbury Crown Court in England, Judge Francis Sheridan went on to say: “The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one? That is the most serious breach here.”
Lessons Learnt For Blade Runner Sequel
While $2m might seem like change down the back of the couch for a lot of production companies, that is still a lot of money. Money they want back in their accounts to invest in the next big project. Ford's presence on set for the Blade Runner sequel alongside Ryan Gosling will be a real time reminder for those recreating the franchise that every check and balance must be looked after. Because, at 74, there are only so many mistakes that can happen before he retires for good.
Proving that he still has the charisma and talent to stand out in a blockbuster, Ford and Gosling will be must-watch when the next installment of the 1982 sci-fi classic hits cinemas. Lets hope the only thing he runs into this time is a red carpet event and not another damn hydraulic door!