Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of the latest Indiana Jones film. Disney confirmed he suffered a “shoulder injury.” The injury was sustained while rehearsing a fight sequence. Some reports say he broke his shoulder but the Disney simply called it an injury. The rumor mill may have played it up or the PR team may have played it down. It really is not clear how serious the injury it and perhaps they do not even know yet since it just happend.
Disney confirmed to THR:
In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder. Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks
Indiana Jones films are physically demanding on Harrison Ford. Many of the action sequences in Temple of Doom were performed by Vic Armstrong and Martin Grace, I believe. In that film, Harrison Ford had a back injury and had to undergo experimental surgery which thankfully worked. Had it not, we might not have had Harrison Ford in any action films ever again.
Harrison Ford was also injured during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In that incident, laws were said to have been broken and the details were kept pretty quiet. That forced the actual production to shut down and the film went through a final rewrite at that time. In this instance, director James Mangold is shooting around Ford’s injury for Indy 5. It is safe to assume most of the fight sequences will be handled more closely to the way it was on Temple of Doom.
I’m glad we are getting one last Indiana Jones film with Harrison Ford. I hope his injuries are temporary. Back and shoulder injuries make it extremely difficult to relax and be comfortable with so hopefully he has some fun medications. Without stunt performers, these movies couldn’t happen. They take the punch for actors all the time and they’re often the unsung heroes of Hollywood. That said, Harrison Ford is a badass and we all hope he gets better soon and the film is not delayed.