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Harrison Ford At Comic-Con

Harrison Ford In First Appearance Since Crash

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Actor Harrison Ford says he’s “doing fine” during his first public appearance since being injured in a plane crash in March.  Ford received a standing ovation from fans as he walked onto the stage at San Diego’s Comic-Con to join a panel of his Star Wars co-stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The 72-year-old star suffered a broken leg when his World War Two training plane crashed into a golf course in California.

Stormtroopers, Ewoks and Han Solo look-a-likes were among the thousands who queued for days to see the actors and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making the new film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ford said it felt great to be back as Han Solo.He said: “The original Star Wars was the beginning of my working life, I was very happy to be a part of the story and the cast again.”

Asked if he had ever thought what happened to Han Solo after Return Of The Jedi, the star said: “I never thought it would come back to bless me instead of haunt me – I was very gratified when I read the script, because I read something that I thought was really remarkable. Well written, with some intriguing developments. So I was delighted to be involved.” Director JJ Abrams told fans that taking the helm of Star Wars was a huge responsibility as it is “more than a movie” as it’s “deeply ingrained for so many people”.

The original film was released in 1977.The panel did not reveal the trailer of the new film – which is out on December 18 – and instead attendees were treated to a behind the scenes reel.The video showed crashed X-Wings and marching Stormtroopers – as well as revealing that Simon Pegg makes a cameo appearance in the film as an alien.
Pegg – who plays Scotty in rival franchise Star Trek – won’t be shown in the film as his face is covered up by his costume.

And that wasn’t the end of the surprises – as the panel drew to a close, Abrams invited everyone to a Star Wars concert on the bay-front accompanied by fireworks, Sky News reports.


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