STAR WARS: George Lucas Says Han NEVER Shot First

STAR WARS: George Lucas Says Han NEVER Shot First

This may just cause a geek cataclysm, but Lucas has come forward to try to clear up the whole "Han shot first" controversy, and may just be telling a few fibs in the process..

As we all know, the most fan blasted movie in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy is hitting theaters tomorrow in 3D. So ol Georgy boy is doing the rounds, promoting the movie, answering questions etc. In one particular interview with THR, he attempts to clear up the whole "who shot first" kerfuffle. If you are unaware what that is (how can you call yourself a geek?), basically in the original version of A New Hope Han Solo "appears" to shoot the bounty hunter Greedo in cold blood to escape capture. It's a fairly shocking moment that contributed to the notion of Solo as a good guy, but one that wasn't afraid to get downright ruthless when he had to. But in the special edition version released years later, Greedo clearly shoots first making Han's killing shot self defense, and basically neutering the man's bad-ass status. Here is what Lucas had to say about the whole situation..

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.

He could well be talking out of his ample posterior. It's possible this is nothing more than some attempt to make us fans seem like we are making a mountain out of a molehill. Both Lucas and Steven Spielberg have clearly made changes in their older movies in order to come across more "kid friendly" (guns become mobile phones in E.T etc) and surely that is why Greedo was made to shoot first in Star Wars. Or was it? Do you believe him? Here are both versions of the scene, decide for yourselves..

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OverCross - 2/9/2012, 2:14 PM
This man is just awful isn't he?
imnotahero - 2/9/2012, 2:20 PM
LucasMend - 2/9/2012, 2:27 PM
MovieMaster - 2/9/2012, 2:39 PM
I'm organising a gatecrash on Skywalker Ranch. Bring your lightsabers. Who's with me?
RorMachine - 2/9/2012, 2:41 PM
I didn't say in the article but, he's full of shit imo. Look at the way the whole scene is shot, the dialog. Han says "yes I bet you are" in a really sarcy way and SHOOTS THE GREEN [frick]ER. That was the scene. How doe sit make sense that after he says that Greedo decides to shoot him..when he was taking him back to Jabba in the first place..ARGGGGGGHHHHHHH you fat hack!
MovieMaster - 2/9/2012, 2:45 PM
Lmao. He hardly even made the first movie himself, he submitted a rough cut that was some of the worst shit I've ever seen (it surfaced online a few years ago, I took a look at it) and then his wife, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola realised that Fox had a flop on their hands and edited it heavily into the Star Wars we love today. Greedy fat bastard.
SimyJo - 2/9/2012, 2:50 PM
Sorry George... but STILL not watching it in 3d despite your valiant troll-attempt.
Facade - 2/9/2012, 2:51 PM
Lucas IS delusional.
DaenerysTargaryen - 2/9/2012, 2:52 PM
To George Lucas: I recommend you shut the [frick] up
StockersBlahBlah - 2/9/2012, 2:54 PM
soaponapope - 2/9/2012, 2:57 PM
lucas has become just this awful, bitter person. its clearly gotten to the point where he does and says these things just to spite the fans who criticize him. its a grown man engaged in this petty little grudge, its just sad
JDUKE25 - 2/9/2012, 3:00 PM
Greedo deserved it with that kind of shot he has. Point blank range and it's wide right.

I'm going to see Ep. I tomorrow night. I'm not one of those haters of this movie. I thought it was good. Ep. II sucked major balls tho.
StockersBlahBlah - 2/9/2012, 3:01 PM
I totally agree, I thought Ep. 1 was a good way to start the story. Ep II was okay, and I wasn't fond of Ep. III despite it having Vader in. People complain that details in the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy differ, but there's like...God knows how many years in between them all.
thanos83 - 2/9/2012, 3:02 PM
God dude..u were one of my HEROS!!! GROWING UP Why sell ur out your integrity! jesus this is actually upsetting me..
Richardness - 2/9/2012, 3:02 PM
Richardness - 2/9/2012, 3:03 PM
I really don't care about Lucas anymore. He's basically telling his fans to shove it and go eat a dick. Everything that we don't like he embraces...what kind of madness goes through this mans mind? Dear lord I'm done...
headlopper - 2/9/2012, 3:04 PM
@TheBlackWidow- Nice!

HavocPrime - 2/9/2012, 3:04 PM
Oh Lucas
INSTANTJUSTICE - 2/9/2012, 3:05 PM
So judging by George's 'logic' if Han originally never shot first why then did he feel the need to alter the scene at all?
thanos83 - 2/9/2012, 3:07 PM
u made it dude, more than any director in your generation,why go there???alot of u young bucks might think lucas is a hollow sell out,but track down some of his interviews durring the 70,s 80,s and early 90's the man is smart,deep and very well informed..that is when hes not doing stuff like this..ill hold a candle 4 ya jorge
MovieMaster - 2/9/2012, 3:08 PM
Nobody wanted to distribute it cos it was a piece of shit.
Blagyver - 2/9/2012, 3:08 PM
The internet is about to die of a mass aneurism.
headlopper - 2/9/2012, 3:08 PM
Uncle George is full of sh**.
I've got the ORIGINAL VHS and have watched it more times than I've peed in my life time thus far...and I ASSURE YOU , Han shoots first! He has to cuz' Greedo was gonna waste him right then and there! Sheesh!
SimyJo - 2/9/2012, 3:08 PM
Red Tails? - whats that?

(lol !)
thanos83 - 2/9/2012, 3:09 PM
Thats actualy true yossarian.
95 - 2/9/2012, 3:12 PM
Shut the [frick] up Lucas.

You got me as kid with TPM in '99, but lost me with AOTC & ROTS and the animated series.



Well other than [frick] you, I should state my case... I'm interested in the 18-month conversion process James Cameron recommended. Lucasfilm is an independent production company. I don't feel bad at all supporting them. Watching TPM ends my 8-yet hiatus on buying anything Star Wars. I'm not jumping on the hate bandwagon like most have conformed to. You're judging people like me as dumb, and that's coming from a Ron Paul supporter. LOL.
thanos83 - 2/9/2012, 3:14 PM
ethnic films outside of tyler parry(and even then)are pushed aside by most major studios, because the dont make money around the world.(and other more dubious reasions
thanos83 - 2/9/2012, 3:14 PM
like u know if its historicly inaccurate lol
headlopper - 2/9/2012, 3:16 PM
@3D - "Why do we have all these embassies everywhere! We're not the world's police y'know!"

He's a feisty ol' dude!
Mentok - 2/9/2012, 3:18 PM
I respect Lucas and consider myself one of his hardcore fans but no matter what he says or tries to convince the fans and even himself of... HAN SHOT FIRST!

@headlopper Same as you mate, watched the VHS countless times, he shoots first, no innuendo bull.
95 - 2/9/2012, 3:18 PM
@JDUKE25 @StockersBlahBlah

Exactly. I thought AOTC was stale and I was 7 at the time. ROTS didn't go by the rule: show don't tell. TPM was fun. I appreciate Lucas for introducing me and my generation to Star Wars.
CyberBishop - 2/9/2012, 3:19 PM
Lucas is so full of crap... Backpedaling like this.. For shame..
Tevii - 2/9/2012, 3:21 PM
Who cares either way. George is GOD in the Star Wars universe. its his creation. He can do whatever he wants to it. Fans dont own it and they should shut up. If they hate him, then get off their lazy butts and prove to the world they can do it better. Im so tired of the never ending hate for the man. be thankful he made it to begin with, ungrateful dickheads
headlopper - 2/9/2012, 3:25 PM
@Mentok - Right?!
WTF is wrong with this old man! He MADE the movie! HE should KNOW more than anybody!

It's tough getting old I recon...
RorMachine - 2/9/2012, 3:26 PM
Tevii is George Lucas:)
Destroyer14 - 2/9/2012, 3:31 PM
The sad part is that the re-release will probably do well.
95 - 2/9/2012, 3:32 PM

Spot on.

Funny thing is: I've read fan fics from the "haters", with titles like "How Star Wars should of been done" (not referring to the recent fan fics on CBM, in specific). And these fan claim they could do better when in actuality their fan fic is as lame [frick]. LOL.

And most of good Star Wars fan videos on YouTube are from people who haven't jumped on the hate bandwagon.
RorMachine - 2/9/2012, 3:38 PM
Sorry, you Lucas defenders just don't get it. I can't write out another big essay on this, so for the purposes of this particular debate I'm just going to post a couple of comments from critic Scott Weinberg which sums up pretty much exactly how I, and most fans probably feel..

Dear George Lucas, a film is not a [frick]ing diary. Star Wars was "finished" in 1977, you creepy weirdo.

"Since the original trilogy was not my true vision, I'm refunding all that money they made." -- not George Lucas, ever
Cookiedodger - 2/9/2012, 3:42 PM
If George Lucas painted the Mona Lisa

95 - 2/9/2012, 3:47 PM

The only reason I'm seeing TPM is because it is in 3D. And yes, that makes a difference. Like I said, this is my first time buying anything Star Wars for seven years. If you're mad over Lucas for shitting on his original customers than I totally understand. But I'm going to see this re-release and mattering on how it goes, it may be the only re-release of Star Wars I ever see and I'll probably take my Star Wars fan cap off.

Hopefully you get my point.
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