J.J. Abrams has revealed that he injured himself during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, literally breaking his back while helping Harrison Ford during the actor’s widely-publicized on-set accident.
Abrams was a guest on the The Daily Show Thursday night, as Entertainment Weekly reports, and it was there that he made the admission while being interviewed by host Jon Stewart. Although Abrams revealed little about his job directing the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise, the duo’s conversation did turn to Ford, and the accident that briefly forced him to suspend filming.
“The guy is like a real-life superhero. He should have the Marvel logo above his name,” Abrams noted.
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Ford broke his leg last year on the Star Wars set, as the Inquisitr previously reported, when the door of the Millennium Falcon inadvertently crushed his limb. Abrams attempted to help lift the door off Ford, but his effort quickly took an unexpected turn.
“He’s down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes. This door had gone down, and I’m trying to help lift it up – because that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m trying to lift up this door and I feel this pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.'”
The time J.J. Abrams broke his back trying to help Harrison Ford http://t.co/fcqyy3r3sn pic.twitter.com/Addg1tjqOI
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A few days later, Abrams was forced to seek out a doctor, and the news that he received regarding his back was surprising, to say the least.
“He goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back,'” Abrams recalled. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”
Detailing the event to Stewart, Abrams noted that he was forced to wear a back brace while on the Star Wars set, though Ford bounced back from his injury relatively quickly. As Yahoo News reports, the contrast led the director to joke about the on-set situation, highlighting the differences between the two.
“I felt like the most nebbishy Jewish director ever. He’s a Miracle Man, and I’m like, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Darth Vader, could you be more evil?'”
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Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
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