Peter Mayhew "Proves" Han Shot First With Pages from the Early Script

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 11:38AM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 11:38AM
Peter Mayhew "Proves" Han Shot First With Pages from the Early Script
We all know the story. In the 1977 theatrical release of Star Wars, Han and Greedo get into a tense stand-off in the Mos Eisley cantina, and Han blows Greedo away before the bounty hunter has a chance to react. Then, in the special edition release, Greedo is shown shooting at Han first, which many fans regarded as a blasphemous alteration to their favorite character.

Han Shot First

In spite of George Lucas' outright assertion that Greedo shot first, fans are always looking for proof that the original version is canon (or validation that it's canon, as most of us just take it for granted). Now, Chewbacca himself is releasing pages from the early script of Star Wars (aka The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, Taken from the Journey of the Whills) ahead of a "big announcement," and it indisputably shows that Han shot first:



In the early version of the Cantina scene, Greedo (who is credited as "Alien" and then, amusingly, "Allen") is threatening Han, and tells him to get up from his seat. Han responds nonchalantly, and then the action in the script reads:

Opening quote
"Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as the other patrons look on in bemused amazement."
Closing quote

Well, there you have it. Irrefutable evidence that Han shot first. Or, at least, irrefutable evidence that George Lucas intended that at first and then changed his mind, which just goes to show once again that only certain versions of George Lucas know how to get Star Wars right.
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