Feb. 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM ET
Face it, George Lucas: everyone knows Han shot first.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the "Star Wars" director, whose "Phantom Menace" hits theaters in 3-D this weekend, not only defended his controversial additions to the special edition of the original film, but attempted to change movie history.
In the infamous cantina shootout between Han Solo and bounty hunter Greedo, the original shot shows Han Solo blasting Greedo, the edited version shows Greedo aiming and missing from point-blank range, then being shot by Han.
Despite the fact that millions of people saw the scene in theaters and no one ever had any doubt about what happened, Lucas is now saying that Greedo always shot first, and his edits were just making that more obvious.
“It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom,” Lucas told THR. “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.”
Because he did!
Lucas goes on to blame the rest of the world for wanting Han to be a “cold-blooded killer,” thus misinterpreting the film for decades.
But fans have their own opinions. Wrote Chris Wootton in response to the Hollywood Reporter interview: "Sorry Lucas but it was never an argument over 'who shot first' Han shot him to save his own life ... simple."
And on TotalFilm.com, a fan going by FBPMurray37 agrees, noting, "Greedo is a highly experienced bounty hunter. Yet he misses Han from three feet. ... The only way Han walks out of that situation alive is if he blows Greedo away before Greedo gets the chance to do the same thing to him."
Even children understood the scene from the start. As David Sparks tweeted, "George is delusional. It was clear to me as an 8-year-old. Han shot first."
Lucas isn't too concerned with whether or not fans are upset. “Well, it’s not a religious event.," he said. "I hate to tell people that… It’s a movie, just a movie.”
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