J.J. Abrams Broke His Back Shooting 'The Force Awakens'

July 31, 2015

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Revealing how he is basically the Leia of the Star Wars franchise directors, J.J. Abrams last night told Jon Stewart how he tried and failed to rescue Han Solo--and ended up defeated and wrapped in a skimpy little torso covering because of it.

Like The Force Awakens, the story begins with a past we're already familiar with, Abrams explaining the already well-known tale of Harrison Ford breaking his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. Turns out, it was the ship's door coming down on Ford's leg that caused the injury, and Abrams says that he then tried to free Ford by himself lifting the fallen door. That didn't work, but according to Abrams, the effort did succeed in breaking his own back, leaving him in a back brace through the rest of production and beyond. Here's the director doing a better job telling the story himself:

Never again will his loyalty to Star Wars over Star Trek be questioned again. He went ahead and let Leonard Nimoy die, after all.

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