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George Lucas Defends Infamous Greedo/Han Solo Re-edit in ‘Star Wars’

By Carlos Delgado

If you were a child of the 70 and 80’s, perhaps your fondest memories are of watching the original theatrical releases of the Star Wars trilogies. It’s hard to name a movie franchise that has had more of an impact on pop culture than George Lucas’ beloved space operas.

But then, as the 90’s rolled around and inspired by Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Lucas felt that movie making technology had evolved to the point that there was “finally a way for Yoda to have a sword fight” and decided it was time to tell the complete story of Star Wars, according to an interview with The Washington Post.

Before he would make the dreaded prequels, however, Lucas would go back and digitally remaster the originally trilogy, “enhancing” many of scenes. But of all the alterations Lucas made, it was one scene in particular that irked fans the most: the Han Solo/Greedo confrontation at Mos Eisley Cantina.

As we all know, HAN SHOT FIRST, but in the re-edit, Greedo–who’s trying to hustle Han Solo out of the money he owes to the notorious gangster Jabba the Hutt–takes the first shot, narrowly missing. Han Solo then kills Greedo in self-defense (take a look at a side-by-side comparison in the video below).

So why the change? According to Lucas, if Han had shot first, it would make him “a cold-blooded killer” unfit to marry Princess Leia. Lucas continues, saying, “because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot.”

Okay, so we admit, that kind of makes sense. And hey, at least we still have this scene where Han shoots first and asks questions later.

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