The Star Wars: The Force Awakens
director joined Jon Stewart on one of the final episodes of The Daily Show
on Thursday, where he told the story of breaking his back while attempting to assist 73-year-old Harrison Ford during his own on-set injury.
Calling Ford a "real-life superhero," Abrams said that Ford's ankle went "90 degrees" when "there was a hydraulic door that went down."
"He's down there and he's toughing it out," recalled Abrams. "He's a super human being and he's literally lying there making jokes."
Meanwhile, Abrams, feeling a "pop" in his back, paid a visit to the doctor.
"So I go to the doctor a couple days later and he goes, 'Oh, you have a broken back,'" he said.
Despite the injury, Ford, who reprises his role as Han Solo in the highly anticipated film, had only positive words for the movie when he talked to ETonline
at Comic-Con 2015.
"It was a great experience. We have a fantastic cast," he said.
Watch his emotional Comic-Con appearance below.