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George Lucas: "Han Never Shot First"

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Qui-Gon Jim:

--- Quote from: Hobbie on March 18, 2012, 09:49 PM ---Well, the script (that he wrote) just says that Han fires and kills him.  Doesn't say anything about Greedo shooting.

It's a bit funny that Lucas would even think of something being wrong, or immoral with Han shooting first.  After all, greedo pulled a gun on him, pointed it in his face, and said he was going to kill him.  (Over my dead body.  "That's the idea.")  So Han shooting first was self-defense/justifiable homicide here on Earth.  No way it could be seen any worse on a largely lawless gangster-dominated outpost like Tatooine.

Also, how is what Han did different than what Obi-Wan did a few minuted before?  Evason told Luke he was going to kill him (I'll be careful. "You'll be dead!"), then pulled a gun and pointed it at Obi-Wan (but didn't shoot), and Obi-Wan killed him and his bud.  Can anyone explain why that is okay, but the Han thing is not?

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Wow.  Great point!  I have no beef with most of the 1997/2004/2011 changes, but this is one of the changes I don't agree with.

Jesse James:
Considering han's fairly casual stroll out of the bar after Greedo's death, I think Han's kind of maybe known to have shot people from time to time...  Plus it's a world where everyone walks around with a gun on their hip.  I don't think I'd have approached him without my gun drawn either, if collecting a debt.

To that end though, Greedo's just taking Han to Jabba...  Han's the one who sort of initiates the threat that, if they want the ship, it's over his dead body...  Whether it was over Han's dead body was up to Jabba, but it's over a debt regardless, so I still maintain that Han shooting first is kind of a murder.  He owed money, didn't want to pay, and didn't want to face who he owed, so that person sent out people to get him to explain himself.  He killed one of them.

Again though, I think it's the world they live in that needs some consideration...  It's sort of lawless in that regard.  Everyone with a gun on and out, and I doubt Han's credit rating was taking a hit so you either let people steal from you or you physically go get them to settle the matter...  *shrugs*  It's a pretty fine line.

P-Siddy:

--- Quote from: Hobbie on March 18, 2012, 09:49 PM ---Also, how is what Han did different than what Obi-Wan did a few minuted before?  Evason told Luke he was going to kill him (I'll be careful. "You'll be dead!"), then pulled a gun and pointed it at Obi-Wan (but didn't shoot), and Obi-Wan killed him and his bud.  Can anyone explain why that is okay, but the Han thing is not?

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My thinking is (not that I agree with the change) we already know what a blaster can do (Blockade Runner), but at that point had yet to see what a lightsaber can do.

Master_Phruby:
A couple of days ago, I was watching the 1987 VHS version of Star Wars and noticed we never see a laser bolt leave either Greedo's or Han's gun. We see a shot of the camera facing Han. There is a bang and smoke raises in front of Han. Next shot is Greedo falls over. The question should be why did Lucas dumb down the shot to force feed us the idea of who shot first? Why do we need to see the laser bounce around? Isn't it obvious what happen?

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