Ever since the release of the Special Editions in 1997, many “Star Wars” fans have rallied around one core belief: Han shot first. That’s of course in reference to the change that writer and director George Lucas made to 1977’s “Star Wars” upon its 20th anniversary re-release, wherein he altered Han and Greedo’s encounter in the Mos Eisley cantina so that the smuggler didn’t shoot the bounty hunter in cold blood. In the new version, which has since been released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, Greedo shoots first, missing Han from just a few feet away.
Paul Blake, the actor that played the Rodian bounty hunter in that iconic scene, recently spoke with the Daily News about filming Han and Greedo’s interaction.
“Of course, in it said it all in the original script,” said Blake. “We played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, ‘Han shoots the alien.’ It’s all it says and that’s what happened. It was very painful.”
Blake finds the changes to be a bit embarrassing for poor Greedo, since they show him missing his target from just across a table.
“He was a bit inept wasn’t he?” joked Blake about Greedo’s poor aim in subsequent editions of “Star Wars.” “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.”
Blake is one of the many original “Star Wars” actors that will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Elstree 1976,” which goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the first “Star Wars” film. “Elstree 1976” opens in select theaters on May 6.
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