In filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Harrison Ford broke his leg in a Millennium Falcon scene. This week, a company in charge of the set was fined nearly $2 million.
As CNN reported Thursday, “The Disney-owned company, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, had admitted two health and safety breaches in relation to the incident in June 2014, when Ford’s leg was crushed by a hydraulic door.”
The door acted like a “blunt guillotine,” coming down “millimeters from his face,” said prosecutor Andrew Marshall, according to Britain’s Press Association.
“The Health and Safety Executive told the court on Wednesday that Ford was hit with a force similar to the weight of a small car,” CNN said.
Judge Francis Sheridan faulted the company for 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,” he said of the incident at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.
Less than a year later, Ford crash-landed his vintage aircraft at a golf course near Santa Monica Airport. That March 2015 accident led to severe head injuries.
Snark followed the fine news:
At least he’ll be able to pay the 10,000 Imperial Credits he owes Jabba the Hutt
Fined over Harrison Ford injury – https://t.co/RIg5hUoOB9
— OOK (@OOK_Librarian) October 12, 2016
Star Wars accident costs production company £1.6m, after Harrison Ford warned them he had a bad feeling about it.
— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) October 13, 2016