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Remember when the Millennium Falcon broke Harrison Ford’s leg? It cost the production company £1.6 million

By Cath Clarke
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Over the summer a court heard that Harrison Ford could have died after a Millennium Falcon door the weight of a small car crushed him on the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

Now the production company involved has been fined £1.6 million for breaking health and safety regulations. Foodles Production Ltd, which is owned by Disney, admitted two breaches in July, and yesterday was handed down the penalty at Aylesbury Crown Court.

The incident happened at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London in Buckinghamshire, during filming on ‘Episode VII’ in 2014. Ford, 74, reprising his role as Han Solo, was injured after walking under the door, which he believed not to be live. The steel door hit him in the pelvis, pinning him to the floor. The actor was airlifted to hospital and had to take weeks off filming.

Ford talked about his injury on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' in December: ‘In the original film, the door – if there had been a door – would have been closed with a pulley… Now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a fucking great hydraulic door which closed at light speed…

'The door came down and hit me on my left hip because I was turned to my right. And then it flung my left leg up and it dislocated my ankle and as it drove me down to the floor, my legs slapped on the ramp up to the Millennium Falcon and broke both bones in my left leg.’

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