George Lucas: 'Han Did Not Shoot First. Greedo Shot First'
George Lucas Wants You to Believe a Lie
George Lucas is making the press rounds ahead of the 3D release of The Phantom Menace (an unnecessary version of an unnecessary film). In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas tried to pass off a bit of historical revisionism, telling Alex Ben Block (and Star Wars fans worldwide) that Greedo shot first, and not Han Solo.
In other words, George Lucas wants you to believe that your own eyes have been somehow deceiving you all this time. Next he'll probably expect you to believe that he wanted Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker's blue ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi, but was forced to use Sebastian Shaw because Christensen was still a toddler.
Here's what George Lucas had to say about neutering his best character:
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.
I, for one, am sick of this revisionist bullshit. The editing of the original Star Wars film is unequivocal: Han shot first. We know it because we saw it. Nobody wanted to think Han Solo was a killer; we had no opinion. When Star Wars came out, we had no idea who he was. His story was unfolding before our eyes. That story, in its original form, had this thing called a character arc. Han Solo was a situational ethicist who later found a cause to believe in. From nihilism to hope. That's epic stuff; far more enjoyable and interesting to watch than "a bunch of good guys meet up and then go fight the bad guys".
When George Lucas tried to sanitize Han Solo's character in order to make him safe for (and sell more toys to) kids, he flattened that arc.
If George Lucas didn't want to tell the story that way, well, then why did he?
George Lucas also failed to explain how Greedo, who had a gun pointed at Han Solo during the entire duologue, managed to miss at point-blank range. Lucas wasn't done pissing off his fans: he also said that the CGI version of Yoda was better than the puppet. Sickening.
The Phantom Menace 3D is playing... look, do you really want to see Mannequin Skywalker in 3D? Not for nothing, but at least Disney had the balls to use Anthony Perkins in The Black Hole.