back to article Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

A subsidiary company of Disney has admitted criminal breaches of health and safety laws after a door of the Millennium Falcon almost crushed Harrison Ford to death in a Star Wars film. Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall, was reprising his role in the the Star Wars franchise when …

  1. TeeCee Gold badge
    WTF?

    Eh? What?

    "and hit a button before starting to walk back through it, believing the set was not live and that it would not close"

    So, in effect, he closed the door on himself by being a careless twat.

    And some bunch of legal fuckwits compensated him for doing that??!!11!!

    So this is how it all ends, not with a bang, but with a lawsuit...

    1. JetSetJim Silver badge

      Re: Eh? What?

      > The door was remotely operated by another person, however

      So, in effect, someone closed the door on him, believing he was not coming back out.

    2. Frank Bitterlich
      FAIL

      Re: Eh? What?

      Apparently your attention span is comparable to that of the guy who was operating the door, because if you had bothered reading the next paragraph, you would have read...:

      "The door was remotely operated by another person..."

      1. Adam 52 Silver badge

        Re: Eh? What?

        I'm with TeeCee here. He pushed the door close button and the door closed. Shouldn't have been a surprise. It doesn't matter if it was closed by gravity, pneumatics or a stage hand.

        1. asdf Silver badge

          Re: Eh? What?

          >He pushed the door close button and the door closed. Shouldn't have been a surprise. It doesn't matter if it was closed by gravity, pneumatics or a stage hand.

          Wonder how long a door that could crush somebody without safety features would last in an office building. I maybe can buy the argument if he was a stunt man or doing his own stunts but work place safety laws apply to Hollywood as well and thus the guilty verdict.

          1. asdf Silver badge

            Re: Eh? What?

            > thus the guilty verdict.

            Meant guilty plea. Also this is not a matter of someone suing. This is Disney having to answer criminally for negligent behavior.

          2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Eh? What?

            >>He pushed the door close button and the door closed. Shouldn't have been a surprise

            So if in Airforce one that had been the real nuclear launch button - that would have been his fault ?

            1. asdf Silver badge

              Re: Eh? What?

              Wow that was a reach. Yep all the POTUS has to do is press one big red EMO button and the world ends and its all Harrison Ford's fault.

              1. wayward4now
                Terminator

                Re: Eh? What?

                Red is never a good color to push. You would think a 74 year old would have learned thus,

          3. Adam 52 Silver badge

            Re: Eh? What?

            "Wonder how long a door that could crush somebody without safety features would last in an office building."

            It's not an office building is it? Loose cables wouldn't be acceptable in an office either, but are commonplace on film sets. As are hot lights, carpenters, pyrotechnics, firearms etc.

            But in general there are loads of big, heavy doors in industrial situations. Sliding hangar doors are notorious for taking people's fingers off, for example. And have you seen the Sandbanks ferry?

            1. Cynic_999 Silver badge

              Re: Eh? What?

              "

              But in general there are loads of big, heavy doors in industrial situations. Sliding hangar doors are notorious for taking people's fingers off, for example. And have you seen the Sandbanks ferry?

              "

              In all cases such doors should not be accessible by people who have not had relevant training. If they are accessible and a person is injured as a result, the organisation responsible could indeed face H&S charges.

              Actors are made aware of the normal hazards present on a film set, and are not permitted unfettered access to certain areas of the set. Had Harrison Ford been given specific training on the hazard presented by the door, I doubt this case would have been brought.

          4. G7mzh

            Re: Eh? What?

            Wonder how long a door that could crush somebody without safety features would last in an office building.

            Not quite the same, but the place I worked at had a rotating "air lock" door which - supposedly - detected when someone had passed through one door, closed that and opened the other. When it failed to do so, which it did frequently, you got trapped in it because there were no controls on the inside. Fortunately it was a high traffic area, but more than once a victim had to use their mobile to telephone the switchboard for help!

        2. Cynic_999 Silver badge

          Re: Eh? What?

          "

          He pushed the door close button and the door closed.

          "

          Sure, but that is irrelevant. Automatic doors should not be capable of closing with sufficient force to cause an injury unless they are fitted with appropriate safety devices that ensure they cannot close unless the doorway is clear. Think of how many people would be crushed by train doors and lift doors if that was not the case.

          There may be exceptions for situations where such an arrangement would be impractical, but in that case all personnel who might use the door would have to have training in the use & risks. I doubt that a case could be made that a mock spacecraft on a film set could not have been fitted with safe automatic doors. IIUC in the original StarTrek series, the doors were operated manually by stage crew off-camera, and in any case the doors of a stage model can be made of cardboard made to look like thick steel.

          1. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge

            Re: Eh? What?

            in any case the doors of a stage model can be made of cardboard made to look like thick steel.

            I do wonder why they went to all the effort and cost of building this door which turned out to be pretty dangerous. I watched the film - really enjoyed it (including the plot holes and other nonsense) - but I don't recall even noticing it. If it was there I guess I thought it was CGI.

            1. Chairo
              Coat

              Re: Eh? What?

              Who knows, perhaps the Rathtars were also not CGI and they needed a steel door to hold them back...

              Mine's the simulated one with tentacles...

      2. ChrisBedford

        Re: Eh? What?

        Apparently your attention span is comparable to that of the guy who was operating the door, because if you had bothered reading the next paragraph, you would have read...:

        "The door was remotely operated by another person..."

        - also, there's no mention of compensation. This is a criminal case, not a civil one.

    3. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Re: Eh? What?

      Ford's an actor. He wasn't responsible for the safety of the set. The company was. That's why they pleaded guilty.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Eh? What?

        It's good this didn't happen in the airlock!

      2. BillG
        WTF?

        Re: Eh? What?

        Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall...

        Really?

        1. Karl Vegar

          Re: Eh? What?

          If it weren't for "The Force Awakens", it could have been a typo for "last known".

        2. Vadar

          Re: Eh? What?

          Agreed... Not best known for playing Han Solo?? The real crime is that Ford was bumped off in Episode VII. Gonna miss him!

          1. PatientOne

            Re: Eh? What?

            "The real crime is that Ford was bumped off in Episode VII. Gonna miss him!"

            "The real crime is that Solo was bumped off in Episode VII." FTFY

            Else this would be a murder case, not a H&S one.

            And rumours of Solo's death may not be entirely accurate... but we'll have to wait and see.

        3. Pedigree-Pete

          Re: Eh? What?

          I'm with you BillG. Never heard of the character or film. Perhaps it's just a blip in my movie knowledge but Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, yes, Han Solo, yes, Jack Ryan yes (runs like a girl in that too). I liked Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan in Red October, still my favourite sub film. I wonder why he didn't get the subsequent Jack Ryan roles? PP

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Eh? What?

            >runs like a girl in that too

            Wow that's what you notice huh? Says more about you than him.

        4. Anonymous Coward
          Megaphone

          Re: Eh? What?

          He also starred as an extra in lesser known films such as Indiana Jones, The Fugitive, and Air Force One.

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        6. ChrisBedford

          Re: Eh? What?

          Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall...

          Really?

          My reaction exactly. Best known by whom... that was one of the more mediocre films he made. I think "Best known" for playing - well, Han Solo in the 1979 sf-thriller Star Wars perhaps...?

        7. Marshalltown

          Re: Eh? What?

          "Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall...

          Really?"

          I noticed that myself. I never heard of "Firewall" but Harrison Ford is a different story.

  2. Steven Raith

    Snirk

    "Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall,"

    Yeah, I laughed at the context-sensitive nature of that.

    Steven R

    1. Woodgie
      IT Angle

      Re: Snirk

      Well, otherwise people would complain about a lack of IT angle.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken
      Coffee/keyboard

      Re: Snirk

      That's my Register!

    3. John Sanders
      Trollface

      Re: Snirk

      My laugh was completely stateful.

    4. mad_dr

      Re: Snirk

      Perhaps El Reg is aping Richard Herring's recurring joke of introducing fairly-well-known guests as being "probably best known for his/her appearance as <insert the most obscure and little-known credit from their past here>"

      Quite funny when you hear some of the things now-famous folks starred in.

      1. JetSetJim Silver badge

        Re: Snirk

        Has he had Stallions on and introduced him referencing his porn film?

        1. JetSetJim Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Snirk

          Bleedin' autocorrect - "Stallone", not "Stallions"

  3. Sureo

    ""The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority throughout the production," a Foodles spokesperson said."

    Until this incident anyway.

  4. streaky Silver badge

    Good job..

    Nobody told the HSE about JJ Abrams (claiming, at least) to have broken his spine in the same incident.

    1. JetSetJim Silver badge

      Re: Good job..

      That video has him saying he fractured his L4 trying to lift the door off of Harrison, so I suspect not relevant to HSE regulations.

      1. Rinse

        Re: Good job..

        Unless there was no record of him having had an approved manual handling course...

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: Good job..

          But sir, no-one cares about upsetting JJ Abrams

          That's 'cause JJ Abrams's best buddy doesn't rip people's arms out of their sockets when a Health and Safety issue is contested...

      2. streaky Silver badge

        Re: Good job..

        so I suspect not relevant to HSE regulations

        Doesn't sound like a safe system of work to me, of course it's "relevant" - it's a serious injury (arguably worse than Ford's) in the work place. It's literally why the HSE exists.

        1. JetSetJim Silver badge

          Re: Good job..

          I'm not sure that HSE covers "trying to lift stuff crushing your mate in an urgent manner so as to minimise further injury", unless you're a member of the emergency services.

          Yes, doing the manual lifting course would of course be required of anyone expected to lift heavy objects as a part of their job, but I suspect the heaviest thing JJ needs to lift is the shooting schedule or script (which are no doubt on an iPad nowadays)

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: Good job..

            JJ loves to fill his sets with light objects.

            1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
              Joke

              Re: Good job..

              JJ loves to fill his sets with light objects.

              You could even say he has a flare for it...

  5. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

    Instead of those lethal lightning guillotine doors seen in Ep4 when they hide in that comms room (and also in the youtube vid "Luke skywalker has OCD" ) ,Spaceships should be fitted with happy chatty less homicidal doors , like in THHGTTU

    1. GettinSadda

      I believe those "lethal lightning guillotine doors" were actually relatively slow and sped up in post-production. This is why everyone seems to hesitate awkwardly while the doors open and close.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      What do you mean, "Episode 4"?

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Facepalm

        They can't have been that fast, given one of the stormtrooper extras famously managed to smack his head on one.

  6. NotBob

    Door was operated by a person. Door was stopped by a safety. Door was probably operated because he signalled by hitting the damn button.

    What happened to LOTO or personal responsibility for your own safety?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Now we need a kill switch on the person operating the door.

      It's good that we have managed to get out of caves without getting sued to death for "reckless egress".

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      2. asdf Silver badge

        Re: Now we need a kill switch on the person operating the door.

        >It's good that we have managed to get out of caves without getting sued to death for "reckless egress".

        What does this article have to do with anyone getting sued? Its a criminal proceeding. I guess we could get rid of all the pesky labor and safety laws and go back to the Gilded age where when an 8yo kid sorry employee at the end of a 16 hour shift fell in the meat grinder you didn't even have to throw out the meat.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Now we need a kill switch on the person operating the door.

          when an 8yo kid sorry employee at the end of a 16 hour shift fell in the meat grinder you didn't even have to throw out the meat

          Nasty, exploitative capitalists and their dark, satanic mills!

          Well, in that age, said kid would likely have died of hunger or a random encounter with a malady in case he had decided to stay safely at home in his cottage with his 7 siblings.

          Of course he could always have decided to get a job in the navy. Very safety-conscious, the navy... still is, in a sense (one of the rare places in civilization where you are situated in heavy industrial environment that will kill you in a jiffy if you don't pay attention and other people are deploying heavy gear to make that environment MORE unpredictable and nasty to you)

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Now we need a kill switch on the person operating the door.

            >Of course he could always have decided to get a job in the navy.

            Or some other branch of service as Gangs of NY showed so clearly when the Irish would arrive. That movie did a great job of showing how lovely 19th century urban living was.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: own responsibility

      What happened to LOTO or personal responsibility for your own safety?

      For all we know they could have been doing a rehersal of a scene which included him hitting that button. And because things weren't life maybe he expected to be able to walk out and redo the rehersal again.

      There's not enough info in the article to draw conclusions such as yours.

    3. fandom

      When it comes to work safety there is no such thing as personal responsibility, it is always a lack of training or supervision.

      As far as the law goes if he had been trained to push the button while not being in the way there would have been no accident.

      But even if he had been trained, as far as the law goes there should have been a supervisor checking that people didn't push the button without following proper procedures.

      And no, I am not kidding.

      And they pleaded guilty in case a trial would have been even worse for them.

    4. phuzz Silver badge

      By the sounds of it, Ford assumed that the door wasn't operational yet. The operator assumed that when Ford hit the button, he wanted the door to close.

      What should have happened was when people came on set, someone should have pointed out "hey, these doors are hydraulic and fully operational, so you really don't want to be under them when they close, so be careful".

      The idea is that you can't be responsible for your own safety until you've been informed of the risks to your safety.

    5. Cuddles Silver badge

      "Door was operated by a person. Door was stopped by a safety. Door was probably operated because he signalled by hitting the damn button.

      What happened to LOTO or personal responsibility for your own safety?"

      It may depend on why you assume this sequence of events happened.

      A) Ford randomly wanders around the set hitting buttons because he's bored;

      B) Ford is practising a scene that involves him hitting the button, understanding that nothing will happen because the set is turned off for practice.

      In the former scenario, I'd certainly assign at least some blame to Ford since pressing random buttons in an industrial setting is generally a bad idea. In the latter, Ford would appear to be entirely blameless. No doubt other scenarios could be constructed in which all, some or none of the blame is assigned to various different parties. The details haven't been made public, but a court appears to have decided that it was, in fact, the fault of the company managing the set and not Ford's. Unless you have access to information not in the article, blaming Ford seems a little odd.

      As for the more general question of what happened to personal responsibility for your own safety, there's a reason health and safety laws exist in the first place. You might as well complain that it's child labourer's own fault when they get their arms chopped off in a mill. As a society we've decided that actually not all accidents are entirely the fault of the person involved in them, and that employers have the responsibility to minimise risk to their employees (and anyone else on site) as much as is practical.

  7. Alister Silver badge

    Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall,

    and a few other no-account roles over the years...

    :)

    1. Graham Dawson

      I was under the impression his most widely celebrated role was Regarding Henry.

      1. asdf Silver badge

        actually

        Or Witness. 100 years from now the one that he might well be remembered for is Bladerunner but that will be more because Phillip Dick's writing (though admittedly only thing left was the bare outline in the movie script) and Rutger Hauer's soliloquy are both timeless.

        1. 2+2=5 Silver badge
          Unhappy

          Re: actually

          > 100 years from now the one that he might well be remembered for is Bladerunner...

          100 years from now, the MPIAA will have made it illegal to remember a film.

          1. asdf Silver badge

            Re: actually

            But they will remember it wholesale for you.

  8. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

    A court in Milton Keynes was told today that the 78-year-old had passed through a door of the spacecraft

    "Pretend Spacecraft", please ... "Fantasycraft" is more appropriate, even.

    pinning him to the floor with "the weight of a small car"

    A small European or a small American car? And why does the door need that many Newtons?

    1. Nolveys Silver badge

      Re: Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

      And why does the door need that many Newtons?

      I was wondering about that too. You'd think there would be some safety built into the door itself. It's not like it's a garbage masher or anything.

      1. Eddy Ito Silver badge

        Re: Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

        Oddly on my two car wide garage door the automatic closer is able to reverse direction with only a few pounds of resistance thanks to the door weight being largely counterbalanced by springs and it has an optical safety that prevents the door closing if the beam is broken. It's really hard to understand why such cheap and simple safeguards weren't in place. I suppose it comes down to the set being designed by movie people and not engineers.

        1. OliP

          Re: Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

          This!

          Does it work? Yep!

          Does it look awesome? Hell Yeah!

          <un-asked question> Could it seriously kill someone? Oh hell yeah, but does that matter?

      2. el_oscuro

        Re: Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

        Maybe they accidentally installed the doors from the garbage compacter on the Death Star instead?

  9. Nano nano

    Anyone else trust [their life to] a firm called .... "Foodles" ...?

    1. StudeJeff

      Other products?

      I caught that too... wonder if they have another business that makes food products such as Soylent Green.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Has the door been nominated for any awards? Could come close to winning.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      I think the door was exactly the opposite of a "Supporting Actor".

      1. Montreal Sean

        Maybe not "best supporting actor", but the door did put in a weighty performance.

  11. gregthecanuck

    Harrison Floored

    See title.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Harrison Floored

      ...was this during the filming of Mar Doors: The Force Embreakens?

  12. captain_solo

    Fortunately the carbon freezing process I had undergone during the production of Episode V created very dense crystalline calcium bone structures in my pelvis so I was able to bear the weight until the crew reacted and lifted the door.

    I don't know what JJ is talking about either, I'm out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur

  13. ElectricFox
    Alien

    Who needs the force?

    Who needs to use the force when you can just press a remote button?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhYJgDdCu4

  14. Camilla Smythe

    Ford, best known..

    ..for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall.

    Not part of my memory but he still pulls the same faces. Just another one trick horse like Brian Blessed.

    <rant>

    I thought a Firewall was that thing you stuck between sections of Forests... Oh hang on it's that iptables thing you use to stop some script kiddie twat face from connecting to your mail server 20 times every second.

    Perhaps Jack Stanfield can sort that one out for me. Can someone implement IPv6 sometime soon. I realise I will be totally identifiable but it will force a rewrite of that 'Yo Scan The Internet in 20 seconds' shite that lives on github.

    Oh and whilst I am on the case.

    FUCK OFF Umich.Edu, and the rest of the twats. I did not ask you for a 'security/research scan' and you did not offer me any 'results'. Go get your students to practice on your own network.

    </rant>

    <sarc>

    I, for one, will be glad when the IPBill is passed because it will nip all this script kiddy shit in the bud as our Security Forces swing into action and prevent people taking £600 out of my bank account via Western Union for the privilege of having my computer fucked over some more or having to buy more storage for my log files. Go Theresa.

    </sarc>

    Otherwise I am inclined to agree with Health And Safety at Work... even if it involves pretend movie security experts..... What? You mean the character has been adopted and promoted by GCHQ? Perhaps I'll just go to bed and wake up when this bad dream is all over.

    1. Triggerfish

      Re: Ford, best known..

      what?

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      2. tekHedd

        Re: Ford, best known..

        *this* is why El Reg is still my #1 news source.

    2. Graham Dawson
      Pint

      Re: Ford, best known..

      Camilla's back and on the sauce again, it seems. Bottoms up!

      1. Teiwaz Silver badge

        Re: Ford, best known..

        "Camilla's back and on the sauce again, it seems. Bottoms up!"

        - Ah, christmas memories...

  15. Spudley

    Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

    So the scene is the Millenium Falcon. A leathery, wrinkly creature is loose aboard the ship. Crew members are running away from it, desperately closing bulkhead doors to escape from it, eventually disabling it when they manage to close one of the doors and crush one of its appendages.

    Hmm. Yep, definitely sounds familiar.

    1. asdf Silver badge

      Re: Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

      Can't fault him too much for cashing out one last time. IMHO the guy has kind of earned it (not to mention he got badly injured as well doing it) unlike a lot of the hacks that pass as the next big thing today. How can you not love:

      The President: How dare you come in here and lecture me!

      Jack Ryan: How dare *you*, sir!

      The President: How dare you come into this office and bark at me like some little junkyard dog? I am the President of the United States!

      The President: You'll take the blame. Cutter and Ritter will take some too, but it won't amount to much. They'll get a slap on the wrist and $20,000 an hour on the lecture circuit. The rest, you'll dump on Greer. Yes, you'll take him down with you. You'll *destroy* his reputation. But it won't go any further than that. It's the ol' Potomac two-step, Jack.

      Jack Ryan: I'm sorry, Mr. President, I don't dance.

      1. beboyle

        Re: Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

        "Can't fault him too much for cashing out one last time."

        Actually in several interviews he has said he didn't want to do the film at all but was offered such a large bucket of cash that he decided he couldn't refuse. But he did insist that he actually die this time as he had wanted to do in Return of the Jedi, as he has also said many times.

        1. Teiwaz Silver badge

          Re: Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

          "But he did insist that he actually die this time as he had wanted to do in Return of the Jedi, as he has also said many times."

          - Guess he had it in his contract then, but the wrong name, and someone tried their best to honour it, kind of 'create a hologram to outwit data' mistake.

          1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
            Trollface

            Re: Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

            More leathery, more wrinkly, more door-closey ... more deadly!!

            ***Harrison Ford in "Pak Protector" ***

            Now in movie theaters worldwide ... should you choose to be in the same room as popcorn-munching, texting, chatting, fighting, Pokémonning, annoying and uncough yoof!!!

            (OTOH the odd ISIS adherent or depressed up-armed youngster might make this an unforgettable near-death experience or beyond!!! FEAR!!)

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  17. Joseph Haig
    Mushroom

    I don't believe it

    I've seen him in a fridge launched through the air by a nuclear blast and then walking off unscathed. Don't tell me that something as insignificant as a door is going to hurt him.

    1. asdf Silver badge

      Re: I don't believe it

      The movie that showed clearly why George Lucas the writer had to be put to pasture (actually the first Star Wars prequel did but this one made it an emergency).

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Re: I don't believe it

        What scene was that?

        1. Richard 12 Silver badge

          Re: I don't believe it

          You don't want to know.

          That which has been seen, cannot be unseen.

          1. asdf Silver badge

            Re: I don't believe it

            Think Nuketown for real from COD. The nuke was as actually cool (been a sucker for nukes in movies see Sum of All Fears but not whole thing Ben Affleck sucks) but yeah the star surviving in a refrigerator ruined it.

    2. Eltonga
      Devil

      Re: I don't believe it

      That's why the company pleaded guilty.

      They were using a door more dangerous than a nuclear blast.

  18. Gene Cash Silver badge
    FAIL

    Missing details

    This story sounds like the McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit story, where you have no clue what actually happened because everybody leaves out some of the most important details.

    I'd expect El Reg to do better.

    1. asdf Silver badge

      What controversy?

      >A subsidiary company of Disney has admitted criminal breaches of health and safety laws

      >Foodles Production has pleaded guilty to two of four offences brought against it.

      Don't know seems like these two El Reg article sentences pretty much make the doubt only in your head. Perhaps read the story a second (first?) time.

  19. Tempest8008

    Foreshadowing (spoilers)

    Meh....he died in the end anyway!

  20. Tikimon Silver badge
    Devil

    It could have been worse...

    The bloody door might have said "It is my pleasure to open for you, and my satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done", shades of Sirius Cybernetics.

  21. Aynon Yuser

    Hey it's a film sound stage. Shits going to happen.

    What surprises me is that the studio contract doesn't explicitly states that it doesnt accept responsibility for injury or death.

    Oh and Harrison is a geriatric. Bathtubs are deadly to him.

    1. Dadmin
      Thumb Up

      The "talent" is treated differently at this "job site." And paid quite a bit differently too. It's all in the contracts, and they are quite wordy. Many talented young actors are forbidden to play extreme sports for fear of harming their looks or limbs, in case they need them for action movies and whatnot. The movie studios don't want to pay for giant insurance claims in case their star actor falls out of the sky on their own time, let alone on set. Better to keep your talent safe from harm's way, only because it's cheaper to do so. Same thing with the big sets; everything is made fairly safe and proper. This was a freak accident, to be sure.

      Good on Ford for getting another Star Wars paycheck. He's wanted out since VI, so let him be. Let's be thankful for Episode VII and let's forget all this unpleasantness about this incident, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That too.

  22. Herby Silver badge

    I'm surprised...

    That someone with a whip didn't lasso the trip lever and stop the door from doing its dirty deed.

    Then again, he could be driving a black race car, taking on all challengers.

  23. Anonymous John
    Coat

    Feel the force Solo.

  24. Unicornpiss Silver badge
    Coat

    Now that's a big door!

    Er.. sorry, wrong movie..

  25. sixit
    Headmaster

    What Galaxy Is The Author Living In?

    "best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall"

    Huh? Best known for a fairly obscure movie? Not for the titular character in the Indiana Jones series of films or as dashing-yet-scruffy bad boy in a little franchise known as Star Wars (you know, the franchise mentioned in this article). Please tell me that statement is a bit of cheeky trolling in the way only Brits can cajole.

    1. CustardGannet
      Boffin

      Re: What Galaxy Is The Author Living In?

      Yes, it was a joke. The way it works is :

      - This website is (ostensibly) dedicated to IT related news.

      - The author therefore picked the one film where HF plays an IT guy, despite it being a B-movie that most people have never heard of, let alone seen.

      This is what we British call 'humour' (with a 'u').

  26. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Joke

    May the force be ON you

    Weight being a Force...

    the metal-framed door was closed rapidly, hitting Ford in the pelvic area and pinning him to the floor with "the weight of a small car".

  27. Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    His leg?

    They seem terribly upset about a little thing like a broken leg considering he then got run through with a light sabre and dropped off a bridge. And did you see how few handrails there were round the enormous drops in the Evil Base? Health & Safety gone to lunch, if you ask me...

  28. Metal Marv
    Headmaster

    F=ma

    The Force is strong with this one.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: F=ma

      The "a" went to zero rapidly ....

      But the "F" ... remained!

  29. Dallas IT

    You think Harrison Ford is most well-known for the 2006 movie Firewall?? Ever heard of Indiana Jones or Star Wars?

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
      Headmaster

      Ever heard of humour, irony, sarcasm and the (vague) IT angle?

  30. JJKing Silver badge

    Is he really?

    Ford's an actor.

    Mmm, I dispute that statement. Now if it had said Ford is a twat I would been inclined to agree.

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