Whereas filming the scene the place’s boxing the massive, robust Nazi mechanic (performed by Pat Roach) beneath the transferring Flying Wing aircraft, Ford mistimed a roll-out of the best way of the aircraft’s wheel and the actor obtained pinned. He tells the story in an ’80s interview with Prevue Journal, which was later republished in Harrison Ford: A Biography.
“I am going down and begin to roll away, and my foot slips proper beneath the rolling ‘aircraft’s tire. Everyone was yelling “Cease! Cease!” whereas the tire crawled up my leg. Fortunately the brakes labored — inches earlier than my knee was crushed — however I used to be pinned to the sand. I am not usually a worrier, I do know they are not going to kill the principle character in a 20-million-dollar movie. I additionally know Indy would not look good with a peg leg. I used to be much more cautious about stunt work after that!”
This wasn’t a small pretend aircraft made out of froth board and string, thoughts you. Ford did maintain an harm due to this, tearing a ligament in his left leg, however due to the fast motion of the crew and the blisteringly sizzling day softening the rubber of the aircraft’s tire he was capable of escape with minimal injury performed to his physique.
He would not be so fortunate when it got here to filming “The Drive Awakens” three a long time later when that very same left leg would get trapped in a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon set, inflicting a nasty break that took him out of fee for a few months.