George Lucas Explains Han Solo-Greedo Shootout

George Lucas
George Lucas

There’s a scene in the original “Star Wars” where Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shoots at Greedo in Mos Eisley cantina, but George Lucas changed history in a special edition that sees Han Solo firing after Greedo shoots first.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Lucas explains why he had a change of heart–a creative decision that he believes set things right.

“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’” he explained.

“Because I was thinking mythologically. Should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne,’” he said, “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.”

Watch the scene below.