Harrison Ford is 71 years old. In June, his ankle was broken by a door on the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo’s ship.
There’s some bittersweet humor in Ford’s injury, because in the original Star Wars trilogy the Millennium Falcon was viewed by everyone except Han Solo as a piece of intergalactic junk. There was always a question about whether the light drive or the shields would work, and Solo and Chewbacca and R2D2 spent hours working on the ship and trying to tie down some loose circuit or faulty system. The fact that a malfunctioning door in the Millennium Falcon broke the ankle of the actor who plays Han Solo therefore is ironic indeed.
But here’s the thing: Ford is back on the set after only two months, and filming has resumed. Ford was recently seen on the red carpet at some event and was walking without a limp or any assistance.
Speaking as a 50-something guy who is still somewhat gimpy after toe surgery six months ago, I’m stunned at what Ford has done. For a 71-year-old guy to bounce back so quickly from a broken ankle is nothing short of amazing. It just shows why Harrison Ford was the perfect Han Solo — and also the perfect Indiana Jones, for that matter.
The new Star Wars movie, featuring all three of the actors who created the iconic characters of Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker, is set for release on December 18, 2015. Mark your calendars!