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Star Wars: Greedo Actor Reacts to ‘Maclunkey’ Edit

With the launch of Disney+, the one detail that has Star Wars fans talking that's not related to The Mandalorian is the addition of the Rodian exclamation "Maclunkey!" to the Han Solo/Greedo scene in A New Hope, adding to the long string of overdubbing, retellings and edits it's undergone in its 42 years.

Speaking with Empire, Paul Blake -- one of the two actors who played the Rodian bounty hunter in Episode VI -- enumerated the many changes the scene has gone through. It was recorded in English, and according to him, it was very quintessential cowboy dialogue ("Give me the money," "I'll shoot you,"). Han shot first, although Greedo would have shot him. Then George Lucas overdubbed it, electronically scrambling Blake's voice. In the 1997 Special Edition, Greedo shot first, in the 2004 DVD release, they shoot at the same time, in the 2011 Blu-ray, several frames are removed and finally, in 2019, they still shoot at the same time but Greedo screams "Maclunkey!" before doing so.

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Blake also offered possible interpretations of that new word. "Yeah, well he's talking about his Scottish grandmother there," he joked. "Greedo had a Scottish grandmother and an Irish grandfather, and a Rodian step-mother. That's why he shouted 'Maclunkey' just before he died. He's about to meet his grandfather."

"I certainly don't remember the word 'Maclunkey,'" he added. "Are you sure that's not the noise he made when his very brittle green head hit the table? Or he was saying 'ouch' in Rodian just before he fired?"

However, by the end of the interview, Blake managed to come up with a more plausible explanation, should fans accost him on the streets with that burning question. "I shall say it was Greedo's last gasp. It's a Rodian thing. Just before you expire, every Rodian says 'Maclunkey'. It's some ancient tradition. I read there's an interpretation that it means, 'ma-dong-key'. 'My donkey', I think, is another reference to the horse waiting outside the Cantina that Greedo was in."

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