Watch Harrison Ford “accidentally” drop Conan associate producer Jordan Schlansky’s Lego Millennium Falcon.
Conan O’Brien met with the entire cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a special pre-taped episode dedicated to the new blockbuster film on Thursday’s episode of Conan.
The host began by interviewing Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, and Episode VII director J.J. Abrams with his trusty sidekick Andy Richter by his side. Towards the end of their conversation, Conan asked if he could bring out his notoriously awkward associate producer and Star Wars superfan Jordan Schlansky, who had a gripe about the original trilogy.
“OK, let’s see what he has to say,” Ford shrugged. Schlansky, who entered the room to “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme),” asked a long-winded question about Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from the original film, which stated:
"“The Luke Skywalker lightsaber from the original 1977 film was made from a vintage Graflex camera flash. It had seven plastic grips attached to the handle and a Texas Instruments Exactra calculator LED bubble strip. When the lightsaber returned in The Empire Strikes Back, there were six grips on the handle, and each grip had a notch cut out to accommodate a visible fastener. Additionally, the bubble strip had been replaced by a vintage computer connector board. The Force Awakens trailer once again featured the same lightsaber, still with the correct vintage computer board, and still with the notches cut out of the handle grips as we last saw them. However, it’s unclear whether there are six or seven grips on the handle. Can you please confirm whether The Force Awakens Luke Skywalker lightsaber has six or seven grips?”"
Abrams said it was a “great question,” but deferred to Ford, who simply stated: “Maybe.” Alas, Jordan had one last favor: to get Ford to sign his Lego Millennium Falcon, which took 60 man hours to create in 2010, and is worth about $5,000.
Jordan handed it to Ford, who lifted it over his head and “accidentally” dropped it behind him, smashing the Millennium Falcon to pieces as a stern-faced Jordan looked on.
“Do you still have the pen?” Ford asked nonchalantly as he grabbed a broken piece of the Millennium Falcon to sign. “This will make it much more valuable.”
However, Schlansky had already exited the area. “Now is when we hear a muffled shot and a body falling,” joked Conan, breaking out in uproarious laughter.
The first part of the interview involved Ford explaining why he was back for the new film when he had tried to get Han Solo killed numerous times before, and confirming he broke his leg onset while filming on the Millennium Falcon. Conan, who previously settled whether Han shot first, also revealed that Abrams and Ford had once worked on a film together called Regarding Henry, which featured the director in a small role. He also held Abrams to his promise that the phrase Jub Jub would be said in The Force Awakens.
The rest of the Star Wars episode included interviews with Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and the delightfully profane Carrie Fisher; newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega; as well as Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The installment opened with a Star Wars sketch featuring castoffs complaining about not making it into The Force Awakens:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters, while Conan airs weeknights on TBS.