George Lucas has been making the rounds as of late promoting the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menance.
This time Lucas is asked about fan reaction to changes in his movies, with of course, "Han Shot First" coming up front and center.
And it turns out that Han never actually shot first - according to Lucas.
Well, it’s not a religious event. I hate to tell people that. It’s a movie, just a movie. The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
Learn something new everyday, right?