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Air crash survivor Ford joins forces with Gleeson

Laura Harding

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

The force returns: Actors Domhnall Gleeson (left), and Harrison Ford at a Star Wars fan concert last Friday as part of the 2015 Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center
The force returns: Actors Domhnall Gleeson (left), and Harrison Ford at a Star Wars fan concert last Friday as part of the 2015 Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center

Veteran Hollywood actor Harrison Ford joined Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson for his first official public appearance since surviving a plane crash.

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Ford was also joined by fellow Star Wars veterans Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, joining younger cast members of the new film to bring the force to Comic-Con.

Audiences got to meet Star Wars: The Force Awakens bad guys Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie - and Irishman Domhnall Gleeson - for the first time.

Gleeson said his character General Hux is "definitely evil" and also accidentally revealed that the name of his post in the new movie is Starkiller Base.

Legions of fans slept outside the convention centre in San Diego for days before the cast's much-anticipated appearance and were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Force Awakens, as well as a surprise outside concert attended by the cast bearing light sabres.

The new film, due in December, is the first Star Wars outing since Disney acquired the franchise in 2012.

Earlier this year Ford crashed his small plane - and hereceived a standing ovation from fans as he walked on to the stage at Comic-Con. Clearly touched by the reception, 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."

The star (72) also suffered a broken leg during an accident on set but assured the crowds he felt "just fine".

Asked if he had ever thought what happened to Han Solo after Return Of The Jedi, he said: "No, because I never thought that it would come back - to bless me, rather than haunt me."

He added: "I was very gratified when I read the script. I read something that I thought was really remarkable, really well-written, with some very intriguing developments -and I was very happy to be a part of the story."

Sunday Independent

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