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Abrams Says Harrison Ford’s Injury Allowed Him to Rework Finn/Rey Relationship

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Abrams Says Harrison Ford’s Injury Allowed Him to Rework Finn/Rey Relationship

It turns out the magic of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wasn’t always present, according to director J.J. Abrams. The helmer has opened up about shooting the first scenes with John Boyega and Daisy Ridley on the Millennium Falcon, and how initially, “it didn’t work at all.”

Though Abrams says Harrison Ford’s injury — when a piece of the Millennium Falcon fell on his leg — was a “scary day,” he reveals that in hindsight, it turned out to be blessing in disguise because it allowed him to rewrite the Finn-Rey dynamic.

“When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn’t work at all,” Abrams said at the Tribeca Film Festival (via IGN). “It was much more contentious. I didn’t direct it right. It was set up all wrong, and when Harrison Ford got injured – which was a very scary day – we ended up having a few weeks off, and it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these  two characters to where they needed to be.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD, and for Digital HD download.

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