George Lucas Explains Why Han Did Not Shoot First

Who shot first during the cantina scene in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope has been one of the big debates in the Star Wars fandom for years, I personally never understood the fight there was, for me it is as simple as this: the special editions are the canon ones and the last versions of the movie and in these, Greedo shot first not Han Solo thus that’s what happens in the movie. I never really saw how could there be a debate.

For those who may wonder why Han did not shoot first George Lucas recently explained to the Washington Post why he edited the first version of the movie to make Greedo shot first: “Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer? 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.”
You can read the full post/interview here.

Furthermore, Harrison Ford also came to defend George on this matter. Like me, Harrison doesn’t care about this debate but in a recent interview, he shot down the Han shot first side and said “If George cut it that way, then that’s the way it should be.”
You can see the video here at 4:00

This is the first time I mention this “debate” here and it’s also the last time but I took the opportunity to make a post about it as George Lucas recently talked about why he made change so it was the perfect time to settle things down.

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