How Harrison Ford Is Coping With a Broken Leg

PHOTO: Harrison Ford out in London having dinner with friends at a local restaurant, June 29, 2014.PlayVantagenews/AKM-GSI
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Harrison Ford broke his leg on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" last month, but he's already on the road to recovery.

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The actor, 71, has been using a special leg brace while he recuperates in London.

"He's a tough guy. He was in very good spirits –- he was alert and very sharp," Brad Hunter, the director of business development for Ford's iWalk Crutch, told People. "I wish everybody was so easy. He gets it. He's mechanically inclined."

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Hunter said that Ford is using this specific device because it allows him to use the muscles in his injured leg in a way that a regular crutch does not permit. The actor began using the brace "a day or two after his surgery," Hunter noted, adding, "He's still got a lot of pain."

"I don't know for sure [how much longer he'll be out of work] but I think he said about a month," Hunter said. "[But] he wants his independence."