Harrison Ford Makes Surprise Appearance at Comic-Con for Star Wars—but … – E! Online

Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Han Solo flies again!

Harrison Ford just popped up unexpectedly at Comic-Con for the Stars Wars: The Force Awakens panel, joining Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and franchise newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie like it was nothing.

But it was so something!

His arrival, which received a standing ovation from the 6,000 people who waited forever to get into Hall H, marked the actor’s first official public appearance since he was injured in a plane crash back in March.

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“I’m fine… great,” Ford offered when panel moderator Chris Hardwick ventured to ask the famously non-smiley star how he was doing.

(Though we could have guessed as much, considering Ford looked pretty darn great already back in May, and he was back in the air ASAP.)

So with the crowd in Hall H thoroughly enraptured, the only thing that could top Ford’s surprise appearance was…

The fact that it was a freakin’ Star Wars panel!

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“I never thought that we would do another,” Ford said on the panel. “I was very gratified when I read the script.”

Director J.J. Abrams brought along some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage for the audience’s viewing pleasure, and just when they thought it couldn’t get any better, Abrams invited everyone to troop (quite literally) over to a secret location for a concert!

Their escort? Stormtroopers!

Upon arrival at what turned out to be the Embarcadero Marina Park South, the super-fans (and some people who just got really lucky) were treated to a performance by the San Diego Symphony of the classic John Williams-penned Star Wars score. When they introduced the cast before the music started, Ford came out pretending to use his lightsaber as a cane.

This truly was the stuff that Comic-Con dreams are made of.

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