‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Director Reveals How Harrison Ford’s Injury Changed Finn and Rey’s Relationship

By April 20, 2016
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One of the most talked about moments from the behind-the-scenes production on Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, was when Harrison Ford’s ankle was broken by a closing door of the Millennium Falcon. The production schedule was changed immensely due to the injury, and while it didn’t take long before Ford was back in the pilot seat filming, it sounds like the injury may have changed some things about the film for the better.

At least, that’s what director J.J. Abrams had to say while speaking recently at his Tribeca Film Festival panel about the making of the film, revealing that the schedule change in response to Ford’s injury helped to better the growth of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) relationship in the movie, and specifically, the first scenes of them together on the Falcon.

Check out what he had to say about the change below:

“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.”

It is interesting to think of how their relationship might have been different, especially when you go back and think about the immensely fun banter that the two characters had during the escape sequence/chase on Jakku, which quickly took the characters from a point of contention and pestering, into one of admiration and partnership. Ridley and Boyega played it beautifully as well, and it helped to really propel the movie from an invigorating first act into its second.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available on blu ray and DVD now, with Episode VIII set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable