Greedo Actor Confirms that Han Shot First

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 11:43AM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 11:43AM
Greedo Actor Confirms that Han Shot First
If there's one thing that every true Star Wars fan knows, it's that Han definitely, indubitably shot first. But now, a particularly reliable source has come out and said that fans were right all along: Paul Blake, the actor behind Greedo.

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

Fans have been insisting that Han shot first for years, and back in March, Peter Mayhew seemed to "prove it" with pages from the original script:



But to be fair, that original script was changed significantly before it was shot (it even retained the ridiculous original title: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller). But now, Greedo himself has confirmed that in the shooting script he and Harrison Ford used, Han most definitely shot first:


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"Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' " Blake told New York Daily News. "It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."
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So there we have it. The special edition release wasn't a clarification, but an actual change. And according to Blake, not only does that change fail to do Han justice, but it disservices Greedo as well:


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"He was a bit inept wasn't he?" joked Blake. "He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way. "It would be lovely to see them go back to the original version, I much preferred it, I must say. And it does give it Greedo a little more glory if he's just blown away."
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