Let’s be honest—just about all of the nips, tucks, tweaks, and changes that George Lucas has made to the original Star Wars trilogy over the past 15 or years hasn’t exactly endeared the man to Star Wars die hards. And the scene that has become the metaphor for how Lucas’ revisions fundamentally change/ worsen the tone of the films is when Han Solo goes from shooting the bounty hunter Greedo first and without warning to simply shooting Greedo in self defense. But now, Lucas says Star Wars fans are “confused,” and that Han never shot first, despite the original film showing him, well, shoot first.
It was a classic scene in the original film, setting Han up as a morally ambiguous character in need of redemption. Thanks to Lucas’ tweaks, however, the character of Han is made a rough-around-the-edges hero from the get-go, which is far less interesting. But in a recent interview, Lucas points out that the millions upon millions of people who saw the original version of Star Wars are “confused,” and that Han never shot first:
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 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.
So there you have it, internet and Star Wars fans. You were obviously wrong from the beginning, and Lucas is just doing you a favor and making things more clear for you.
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Source: The AV Club