Recently, I watched the theatrical cut of “Star Wars,” and it couldn’t have been more clear that Han Solo shot first. Greedo didn’t even shoot. He just got plain smoked like a punk ass bitch.
Then this morning, I stumbled on this article from Rolling Stone. In it, there is a quote from George Lucas, explaining why he made the change to his film.
“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?'” Lucas said in an interview with The Washington Post (via Entertainment Weekly). “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. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”
That’s a fair point, I suppose. However, as someone points out in the comments of the Rolling Stone article, why is so ludicrous that the character could change over the course of the trilogy? The world of Star Wars doesn’t have the rules that ours does. Cold-blooded killer is a relative term.
Dropping Greedo like he did was a matter of survival. Greedo was trying to extort him for money that Han owed to Jabba the Hutt, one of the most notorious gangsters in the entire galaxy. We don’t know shit about that life.
My favorite response to all of this (who shot first) comes from Harrison Ford during a 2014 Reddit AMA:
“I don’t know and I don’t care.”
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