Han Never Shot First, Lucas Says
If you’ve held firm to the belief for the past 15 years — heck, the past 35 years! — that Han shot first, George Lucas wants you to know you’re wrong. And maybe a little dense. And filled with bloodlust.
A reference to the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in which Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo, “Han shot first” became a rallying cry for fans upset by the controversial change in the movie’s 1997 re-release: In the original version, Solo stealthily shoots Greedo — okay, George, appears to shoot Greedo — who dies without firing a shot; in the modified edition, the bounty hunter shoots first, but somehow misses, and Han returns fire.
But Lucas, who lately seems to take devilish delight in trolling Star Wars fans, now says Han never shot first. Never!
“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,” Lucas tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
So, there. It’s only because you wanted Harrison Ford’s rakish smuggler to be a murderer that you interpreted the cantina scene the way you did for all of these years. It’s your fault, you blood-thirsty fanboys. And you wonder why Lucas isn’t making any more Star Wars movie. Okay, maybe you don’t — but he definitely isn’t.