George Lucas Claims That Han Solo Never Shot First In Star Wars

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-02-09 15:48:46discussion comments
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It's no secret that George Lucas has done everything in his power to try and suck the life out of Star Wars fans. Between not releasing the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy on DVD/Blu-ray to constantly adding more and more crap CGI to practically every frame, every couple of years Lucas does what he can to make Star Wars a little bit worse.

While there are many examples to cite when discussing how Lucas has butchered his own legacy, the one that fans most often point to is the scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, specifically the moment when Han Solo shoots Greedo. While in the 1977 cut of the film Han shoots the alien bounty hunter after feeling threatened, subsequent cuts - namely all of those since the 1997 special editions - have shown Greedo firing off a blast and Han firing back. For those that don't remember, here is that scene (fast forward to the :55 second mark if you just want to see the shot):



In that scene, it's obvious how things went down. A single blaster was fired and then Greedo is dead. The bounty hunter never fired a shot. But if you ask George Lucas, that's not how it happened.

Lucas recently sat down with THR and is apparently now claiming that Greedo actually did fire at Han in the 1977 cut, but that because of the way the scene was put together we just couldn't see it. Said Lucas about the controversy,
The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isnít. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.

This is really just Lucas going back to his "original intention" argument that he started in 1997, but this is just insane. I've watched that scene posted above at least a thousand times in my life and never was there any question as to who fired when. The director is now telling millions of Star Wars fans that they have been misinterpreting a key character building scene for the last 35 years. This may actually be George Lucas' lowest point.

UPDATE: I've found the script on IMSDB and it makes no mention of Greedo ever firing a shot. Here it is:
GREEDO
That's the idea. I've been looking forward to killing you for a long time.

HAN
Yes, I'll bet you have.

Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as the other patron look on in bemused amazement. Han gets up and starts out of the cantina, flipping the bartender some coins as he leaves.

HAN
Sorry about the mess.

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