Ask Harrison Ford anything – except his feelings on the long-debated question: Who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
The question comes from an ongoing mystery among Star Wars fans: In the original 1977 Star Wars IV: New Hope, Solo shoots Greedo, who’s trying to capture Solo for boss Jabba the Hutt, to escape a sticky situation. But in the 1997 remastered version, Greedo shoots Solo first, misses, and then Solo shoots back – so essentially, Solo goes from being a straight-up killer in the 1977 version to simply acting out of self defense in the updated version. Which Lucas did intentionally… maybe.
In a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas says the change “upset people because they wanted Solo to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t.” Turns out he intended for Greedo to be the first shooter all along but the way the scene was initially shot made it difficult for viewers to see that.
But, as the Washington Post points out, Lucas’ claim that this was what was intended to happen all along may not line up with the actual script: “Suddenly [Greedo] disappears in a blinding flash of light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as the other patron look on in bemused amazement.”
One Redditor thought Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” with Ford this past Sunday was the perfect chance to get a straight answer about who shot first, but, unfortunately, Ford wasn’t willing to give a stance on it. “I don’t know and I don’t care,” he wrote. Thanks for the helpful input, Ford!