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Someone at Pinewood Studios' equivalent of Bay Door Control is probably in a good deal of trouble after septuagenarian Hollywood heart-throb Harrison Ford had his ankle broken "by a garage door" on the set of the new Star Wars movie. Ford, 71, is to reprise his role as interstellar smuggler scamp turned Rebel general Han Solo …

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  1. Joefish
    Coat

    Going to be the best film ever,

    Hans down!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Going to be the best film ever,

      So one month into filming and they don't have a leg to stand on.

      1. NumptyScrub
        Coat

        Re: Going to be the best film ever,

        He must have been hopping mad after that one ^^;

  2. AndrueC Silver badge
    Joke

    I always thought the doors closed a bit too quickly. At 71 I'm not surprised he couldn't get out of the way in time.

    1. Rob

      I agree, something I always noticed as a kid is how violently fast doors close in Star Wars, I think it even produced a couple of nightmares. No doubt Harrison will probably be suffering from similar now.

      I wonder how HGTG Marvin would describe the Star Wars doors, they are hardly depressing ;-)

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Alien

        What is it about Star Wars and doors?

        Not only too fast but also not high enough, leading to the infamous stormtrooper headbanger.

        Probably explains all the armour when inside their own space-station (or is it a small moon?). I'm sure the Emporer's evil elf n safety minions would be right on it too...

        1. Vinyl-Junkie
          Coat

          Re: What is it about Star Wars and doors?

          So what you're saying is Luke was the ideal height for a stormtrooper?

      2. Grikath Silver badge

        depressing, @ Rob

        "I wonder how HGTG Marvin would describe the Star Wars doors, they are hardly depressing ;-)"

        Unless they close down... ;)

  3. A K Stiles
    Black Helicopters

    NHS or Private?

    So is the hospital in Oxford to which he has been airlifted a private or NHS one and who is paying for it?

    1. Norphy

      Re: NHS or Private?

      Assuming that you're not trolling, presumably his insurance company is paying for it being as he most likely doesn't pay NI...

      1. Khaptain Silver badge

        Re: NHS or Private?

        More likely Pinewood's insurance company as this, I presume, will be classed as a work accident.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: NHS or Private?

          More likely Pinewood's insurance company

          Let's hope they don't leave him pining for the fjords. On the plus side, he's now truly Han "Solo".

          Maybe he'll do pirate movies now, could be fun putting him together with Johnny Depp :)

      2. A K Stiles

        Re: NHS or Private?

        Seriously not trolling - AFAIK the NHS will treat you, whoever you are and wherever you come from, with the theory that they then try and reclaim the costs from you (well, your insurance anyway) if you aren't an entitled citizen.

        1. MrXavia
          Thumb Up

          Re: NHS or Private?

          The NHS is great, sure diagnostics for chronic conditions (non A&E stuff) can take time, and the NHS does really need to work on that side of things. BUT we are all treated, no one is left to die or suffer because they don't have insurance!

    2. AndrueC Silver badge

      Re: NHS or Private?

      I think it's joint. Or parts of it are. I had an MRI there several years ago paid for by my PMI. My GP had also offered to send me there but she could only offer a wait time of 'six months to never'(*). Bupa got me in within the week.

      (*)It was for plantar fasciitis so was not critical and of questionable diagnostic value.

  4. Ian 7

    I've been out of circulation for a while...

    ... but what is an "acteur"... and for that matter, a "Playmauteur"? I'm good with "diorama"s though thanks, due to my advanced age.

  5. brooxta

    Garage door my as...

    ... asteroids.

    I bet it was a light sabre duel with JJ Abrams about whether the lens flare in a particular shot was going to obscure the trademark H Ford eyebrow-raise-and-eye-roll combo.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: light sabre duel

      Solo is no Jedi. Think he couldn't light it up

      1. brooxta

        Re: light sabre duel

        Hmmm, and that nicely explains why he's the one in hospital doesn't it?

      2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: light sabre duel

        Think he couldn't light it up

        He used one to cut up that croaked Tauntaun.

  6. sandman

    Apologies - pure speculation to be found here...

    He's been repaired in an NHS hospital - perhaps privately by a consultant who works both sides of the fence. Recuperation could be in a private room in the hospital or he could transfer to a private hospital. The boundaries between NHS and private are quite blurred.

    If you have medical insurance in the UK, look carefully at what's not covered, a lot of the difficult stuff is done on the NHS...

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: Apologies - pure speculation to be found here...

      "repaired"?

      :)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He was clearly trying to re-enact the scene from the start of Indiana Jones for a laugh..

    1. Nasty Nick
      Joke

      Hope he managed to grab his hat...

      wasn't that what he always did when roling under the closing doors ?

  8. wolfetone Silver badge

    Would never have happened if Ford Prefect was in the film.

  9. Steve Todd

    They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

    It won't be too hard to digitally mat on images of a real, live Harrison Ford onto a body double. It may cost them more, but I doubt it will delay the film much.

    1. i like crisps
      Alien

      Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

      If they can Matte Olly Reads head on to a double then maybe they could matte Star Wars Episode 4, 'A New Hope' on to Star Wars Episode 7's final cut, thus ensuring total sucess at the box office?

    2. Spiracle

      Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

      Surely they can get Vic Armstrong to finish it off, like he did on The Temple of Doom.

    3. xDR1TeK

      Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

      But it won't be the same.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

        A real world Tleilaxu Face Dancer?

        No wait, that's another story...

  10. A K Stiles

    Production Schedule

    Guessing there may be some subtle rewrites happening to ensure Han mostly appears in seated or reclined positions for the next few months of filming, if they can't just push his scenes back or CGI out the zimmer!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Production Schedule

      A friend says that it's often cheaper to use CGI to remove an anachronistic object - than it is to re-stage and shoot the scene again.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Production Schedule

        Then why was Russel Crowe still visible in almost every shot of Gladiator?

  11. Joefish
    Joke

    In the final edit,

    Greedo falls over first.

  12. TRT Silver badge
    Coat

    It's actually broken?

    Wow. I thought it was just a Hanstring injury.

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  14. i like crisps
    Alien

    NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

    What the flip happened inbetween Star Wars (Ep4) and Empire (Ep5)? I sware to god that Mark Hamill was the recipient of the world first face transplant....its two different blokes, surely?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

      Mark Hamill was in a car crash IIRC, hence the scars and that.

    2. The Man in Black

      Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

      Mark Hamill was involved in a car accident between the filming of 4 and 5 and received facial injuries, hence why the wampa scene was written to give it some sort of explanation.

      1. i like crisps
        Alien

        Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

        No...sorry lads i'm just not convinced...even my mam said at the time (1980) that it was a different bloke playing him.

        1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
          Headmaster

          Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

          People change when they grow up.

          Amazingly, Luke was just a frecking kid in IV. I never saw it that way either, but he's basically Shinji Ikari with more support.

      2. Glenn Amspaugh

        Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

        Corvette Summer is the name of the movie. And yeah, a Corvette ate his face. Is why Empire started off with goggles and scarfs and then the Wompa attack.

  15. i like crisps
    Trollface

    "Lights, camera"...."ACTION"....."ARRRRGGG, my f**king toe"

    It is funny though.

  16. Joefish
    Coat

    Apparently John Williams is to blame for him falling over on set

    As they couldn't get Han's Zimmer.

    1. Steven Raith

      Re: Apparently John Williams is to blame for him falling over on set

      That deserves more upvotes.

      That is all.

  17. ProfessorLarry

    "Somewhat elderly Ford"? I am sorry, 71 is NOT elderly, not even somewhat. Ford and I are both just kids!

    --Larry Constantine (pen name, Lior Samson)

    1. Steven Raith

      My dad agrees - he pushing 70, and he still goes up 150ft high chimneys on chemical venting/catalyst systems to consult on their install/repair.

      He's got more life in him pushing 70 than I've got pushing 32!

      Steven "one of three" Raith

  18. Zot

    He does seem sluggish and perhaps on pills for something.

    It was as if his batteries were taken out in 'Enders Game.'

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Given all the splendid puns...

    Surprised nobody went for the "Star Wars VII has a new cast" angle.

    I'll be here all week, try the veal.

    1. Joefish
      Facepalm

      Re: Given all the splendid puns...

      Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good plaster.

  20. i like crisps
    Alien

    Script-Edit

    Obi-Wan: "is it a fast ship?"

    Han Solo: "Fast ship!...you mean you've never heard of the Millenium Falcon?"

    Obi-Wan: "Yes i have....i've heard its a fuckin death trap!...and that it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 Parsecs".

    Han Solo: "Erm"......

  21. earl grey Silver badge
    Joke

    so he needs a walker now?

    hope that rumour doesn't get legs...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: so he needs a walker now?

      Scout Walker? Certainly one way of getting around during convalescence, if rather vulnerable to further accidents involving logs and stupid f***ing teddy bears.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: so he needs a walker now?

        Scout Walker? That's chickening out!

  22. Arachnoid

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Watch out for the door Hans ITS A TRAP!

  23. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Lego re-enactment?

    No playmobil available?

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Force is strong with this one

    Unfortunately, electromagnetism wins this time.

    On the flip side, with advanced ultrasonic enhanced 3D printed cast he should be up and about in around 18 days, getting muscle strength back might take a bit longer.

    see article on BMJ, 3D printed casts with embedded transducers are apparently the latest thing.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: The Force is strong with this one

      3D printed cast - is all their acting that bad then?

  25. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    Broken door

    Someone call a carpenter

  26. Allan George Dyer Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Was the doorman called Hal?

    I was expecting at least one 2001 cross-reference with the Bay Door in the headline.

  27. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Pint

    "Open the pod bay doors, Han!"

    "I'm sorry JJ, I can't do that."

    "What seems to be the problem, Han?"

    "You know as well what the problem is as I do, JJ -- I'M FUCKING TRAPPED UNDERNEATH!"

  28. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Ssssssssssshould have got a job on Star Treck

    And batteries for the hearing aid!

  29. Tank boy
    Pint

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force

    As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Oh wait, that's when I heard Disney bought out Lucas. Carry on.

  30. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Outrageous!

    Somehow I don't see many calls for a proper Playmobil reconstruction! Have the Reg readers all just turned to the dark side and now feel content with a cheap Lego knock-off?

    C'mon, you know what to do, off you go, chop-chop! Ask the good Register for a Playmobil coverage now!

    I humbly do

  31. ceayers

    Do they really need him?

    When you think that Christopher Lee's character in the later SW films was all CGI'd I'm sure the tech wizards could manage to produce the film. Unless of course Chris Less was doing all his own stunts at the age of 197.

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