Since the remastered versions of the original three Star Wars films came out, fans have been highly agitated over the scene from A New Hope where the alien bounty hunter Greedo gets blasted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
In the original film, Han fires on and kills Greedo before he has a chance to respond. In the remastered version of the film, Greedo clearly shoots slightly before Han and misses. Fans say that this correction takes away from Han’s morally ambiguous personality. Lucas has been defending the change for years and recently told the Washington Post why:
“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.”
I could not think of a scene from a John Wayne film where he shot first. In fact, I could think of a few scenes where he gives the bad guys ample warning like this famous scene from the classic True Grit.
With J.J. Abrams at the helm for the new Star Wars film it will be interesting to see which Han solo we get. John Wayne Solo, or Han Shot First Solo. We’ll find out on December 18th when Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters.
Read the full Washington Post interview here!