*waves hand* Greedo /always/ shot first
February 10, 2012 9:29 AM Subscribe
George Lucas sits down with The Hollywood Reporter:
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"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.""Han Shot First"
refers to a scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
where Han Solo meets the bounty hunter Greedo at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Han owes money to galactic crime lord Jabba the Hutt for dumping smuggled cargo. Greedo has tentatively agreed to accept a payoff from Han rather than returning him to Jabba for the bounty. Han and Greedo sit opposite each other at a table and hold an ominous conversation while Greedo aims his blaster at Han. During their conversation and unbeknownst to Greedo, Han stealthily readies his own blaster beneath the table.
In the originally 1977 version of the film, Han appears to shoot Greedo before Greedo has a chance to take a shot. The scene was modified for the 1997 rerelease to show Greedo shooting at Han and missing from across the table and Han shooting Greedo in response. The timing was further changed for the 2004 DVD release to show Han "dodging" Greedo's shot, through digital manipulation of the original image. The timing between the two shots is also shortened. For the 2011 Blu-Ray release the timing between shots was further tightened. The changes to the Mos Eisley Cantina scene are some of the most contentious updates in the Star Wars
saga, in 2008 George Lucas appeared to be making peace
with his detractors. Maybe all this time we as an audience were just confused. Changes to Star Wars