As Episode I returns to theaters, George Lucas is doing a bit of press. In one interview with The Hollywood Reporter he clears up some pressing Star Wars business:
Han never shot first.
You may have thought he shot first, but he never did. And the Special Editions only made that clear.
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.
Not only is that horse shit (as shown in the video below), but it's a gross misunderstanding of HIS OWN CHARACTER. Nobody wanted Han to be a cold blooded killer. They want Han to be a guy with some badassness who isn't going to wait for the villain - who is essentially stating his intention to kill him - to take the shot. It's doubly ridiculous when you look at the new version, where Greedo proves himself to be the most pathetic shot in the galaxy, and when you consider Storm Troopers live in that galaxy that's saying something.
I call into session the court of public opinion. What do you guys think? Who is shooting in the clip below?