Indiana's Bones: A Guide to the Injuries of Harrison Ford


Harrison Ford — who injured his ankle today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII while filming a scene featuring the Millennium Falcon — is used to getting beaten up:  After all, the 71-year-old actor got his famous chin-scar after an auto accident in the ‘60s, the result of speedy driving (“A real mundane way of earning it,” he once lamented). 

Details of today’s Solo slip-up are scant: All we know is that it involves the ship’s door, which is pretty thick, given all the Mynocks it has to keep out. But it’s hardly Ford’s only on-set incident: “I have been hurt from time to time over 30 years,” he once told a reporter. “And they’re like athletic injuries. They’re not like getting injured by some explosion or getting crunched in a car.” But despite the following accidents, Ford’s never lost his step or showed his age. After all, as Indiana Jones says, it’s not the years — it’s the mileage.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

While filming the first Indiana adventure, Ford tore his ACL in his right leg while filming the scene in which he fights a German mechanic. He also came down with a nasty case of dysentery, prompting some infamous on-set improvisation: Ford was scheduled to film an epic whip-and-sword battle. But as he told Reddit earlier this year, “When I got to set, I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch, and Steve said I was thinking that as well.’” The resulting showdown turned out to be one of the most famous moments in the film.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom(1984)

While shooting in Sri Lanka, Ford told Empire, “My back was injured by riding elephants. It was a spinal injury.” He relocated to England, but as Grantland recently reported things only got worse: “Lucas found Ford lying on a gurney between takes. While filming a fight with a Thuggee assassin, he let out a wail of pain.” Ford flew back to the U.S. , where he was treated for two ruptured disks. Production was nearly shut down before stuntman Vic Armstrong took over the role, subbing for Ford in several scenes.

The Fugitive (1993)

While shooting the infamous scene in which shackled prisoner Richard Kimble escapes into the woods, Ford once again tore his ACL, resulting in surgery. Ford spent six weeks on crutches as a result, and filming on his next movie, Clear and Present Danger, was delayed.

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