It’s never a good idea to break Harrison Ford’s leg. Especially when he’s in the middle of reprising his role as Han Solo for a Star Wars movie.
Although it has nothing to do with who was hurt or what character he was portraying, the British government has finally laid blame for the 2014 accident, fining a Disney-owned production company nearly $2 million.
Foodles Production Ltd., admitted it broke two health and safety guidelines in the on-set accident where a hydraulic door accidentally closed on Ford inside Solo’s ship, the Millennium Falcon.
The company, according to Judge Francis Sheridan, failed to inform the then 71-year-old actor of the dangers in utilizing the doors while filming at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios. The door, CNN reports, had the force of a small car.
“The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication. If only they had included Mr. Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid.”
The accident caused filming of the $245 million feature to halt for two weeks while Ford recovered. He returned to work soon after that, and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens went on to earn $2.1 billion at the worldwide box office, supplanting Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.
Both Foodles and Lucasfilm, which produced the Star Wars feature, are owned by the Walt Disney Co., which bought the entire franchise from creator George Lucas in 2012 for $4 billion.
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