George Lucas seems to be obsessed on continuing down the revisionist path he has established for himself and bitterly defending himself against the complaints of Star Wars fans. Now he’s addressing one of the most popular fan complaints - did Han shoot first?
CinemaBlend reports that, in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter , it was never his intention that Han should shoot first, and that he changed the editing in the subsequent editions to clarify what he felt was a visual mistake.
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.
If that is the case, someone better tell Harrison Ford, because he certainly was acting like a cold-blooded killer when Greedo hit the table and he subsequently strolled out of the cantina.
CinemaBlend dug up the script on IMSDB and the script also seems to indicate Han took matters into his own hands:
That’s the idea. I’ve been looking forward to killing you for a long time.
Yes, I’ll bet you have.
Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as the other patron look on in bemused amazement. Han gets up and starts out of the cantina, flipping the bartender some coins as he leaves.
Sorry about the mess.
Oh George, when will you ever learn?