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J.J. Abrams on Harrison Ford: ‘He’s Doing Great and Working Hard’

Harrison Ford Recovery Update: J.J. Abrams
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No “Star Wars” event would be complete without Han Solo. Since Harrison Ford is still recovering from the plane crash that hospitalized him, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams shared some positive words about the actor at Thursday’s Star Wars celebration in Anaheim, Calif.

“He sends his best, and he’s doing great and working hard,” Abrams said of Ford. “I had respect for him all my life, but I’ve never had more respect for a guy until I saw how he landed that plane — that was an amazing thing that he did. He’s more of a hero in that move than I think he’s been in all the movies he’s been in. That was an incredible thing to do.”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy echoed Abrams’ sentiments, adding that she anticipates Ford will be fit for promoting the film when it bows in December.

“The amazing thing about Harrison … is that he’s the only person that can make an emergency landing on a golf course in front of two doctors,” Kennedy said. “So he’s home and resting and getting well as fast as he can. I can’t even begin to tell you how much he wanted to be here … But by the time we open this movie, I know that Han Solo will be very actively involved in what we’re doing.”

The pulse of fans attending the events went into warp speed when a new trailer was revealed for the film at the event, which features Ford as Solo. Watch the full discussion here.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in theaters December 18.