George Lucas wants us to believe that Han Solo never shot first

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With Star Wars: The Phantom Menace being released in theaters in 3D today, George Lucas talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the controversial edited scene involving Han Solo and Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina. Lucas did not intend for Han Solo to shoot Greedo first, so he tried to fix it in the special editions. Fans were outraged at the edit, as it made Solo a wimpier character. So do you think George Lucas is talking out of his ass, or does he have a good point?

“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.”

And here are the original and edited scenes for reference.

Han shoots first

Greedo shoots first

Source: THR

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