(Why, yes Virginia, that is a Han Shot First shirt George Lucas is wearing . . . and there is a Santa Clause, no matter what George Lucas tells you.)
Not content with nuking Harrison Ford’s Indy in the fridge, George Lucas has decided to attempt to wreck another of Harrison’s beloved characters by telling everyone that Han NEVER shot first.
George Lucas felt the need to “clear up the confusion” about the controversial “Han Shot First” Star Wars issue, so now he claims that Han NEVER shot first. That’s right, apparently in the original cut of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which has since been changed, Greedo shot at Han first. Apparently the scene shots just weren’t clear to audiences over all these years and he had to go in and make it clear. In order to make us understand that Han Solo is not a cold-blooded killer.
Here’s how Lucas recently explained it in an interview with THR:
“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 isn’t. 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 the most direct answer to this epic Star Wars question that Lucas has ever given. The question for you is… do you believe him? Do you believe that Greedo shot first like he claims? Or like me are you steadfast in your belief that Han shot and killed Greedo? Do you even care if it was originally meant for Greedo to shoot first or do you like that piratical feel the scene gave the character of Han Solo?
Let’s address this “cold blooded killer” thought. Greedo had a gun IN HIS HAND POINTED at Han the entire scene. How is it “Cold Blooded” to DEFEND yourself against someone POINTING a gun at you while telling you that he is going to KILL YOU.
That is called SELF DEFENSE!
If you needed any help to decide, you can watch the original version of the scene and the changed version of the scene to compare.