“Han shot first!” was a common Star Wars fan sentiment when George Lucas remastered and rereleased “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1997. The fans couldn’t fathom why George Lucas had to tinker with that fact (and many others) years after the fact. But in a new profile article, the director defends his choices about the franchise as of late.
Washington Post has created a new profile on George Lucas, where the iconic Star Wars creator defended some of his choices when it comes to the Star Wars franchise. One that created the most reaction from fans was when he decided to make Greedo shoot first in the remaster of the original “Star Wars” film.
To the many who’ve followed the franchise in years, they felt that having Han Solo (Harrison Ford) take the first shot was a character-establishing decision. Undoing this made him a weaker character, one not to be admired and well-loved, as he already was.
But Lucas felt differently.
“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,” he explained.
Actor Ford refused to weigh in on the debate, only telling fans via Entertainment Weekly that they should “knock [themselves] out” and have fun with the discussion.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams, however, had a strong opinion on the matter. It seems he is one with the fans and he thinks that “Hell, yes” Han Solo shot first at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
But whether one believes Han Solo shot first (we here at MNG definitely think he did!) or not, more Han Solo action is sure to be seen when Harrison Ford returns in the role this December 18. The epic space opera continues with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”