As a film series, Star Wars will likely outlive of us all, but the saga of Han Solo’s broken leg finally concluded this week when the production company behind The Force Awakens was fined £1.6 million for violating workplace safety rules.
While filming the Star Wars sequel in Britain in 2014, Harrison Ford was badly injured when prosecutors say a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon set came down “millimetres from his face” and crushed his leg like a “blunt-edged guillotine”.
“In the original film, if there had been a door, it would have been closed with a pulley and a stage hand just closing it,” Ford recounted on a talk show last year. “But now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a fucking great hydraulic door which closed at light speed.”
The accident — which prosecutors compared to a car collision and said could have killed the then 71-year-old actor — broke Ford’s tibia and fibula and delayed filming by two weeks.
On Wednesday, Aylesbury Crown Court fined Foodles Productions (reportedly named so to hide filming sites from fans) £1.6 million after the Disney subsidiary pleaded guilty to two criminal charges of failing to protect workers earlier this year. That might sound like a major penalty, compared to some, they got off pretty lightly. [CNN]