“Han shot first!” has been the rallying cry of disgruntled Star Wars fans ever since George Lucas began relentlessly tweaking his iconic movies, most notably that infamous change to Han and Greedo’s cantina encounter. The fans want it restored. Finn agrees. Ariana Grande is a believer. The original script proved it once and for all. Now even Greedo wants the original scene restored.
If you’ve been able to avoid the sea of brands gushing across social media with tie-ins, you might somehow be unaware that yesterday was the unofficial-official Star Wars day, a celebration of both bad puns (May the Fourth be with you!) and the galaxy far, far away. It also means anyone capable of talking about Star Wars is being voraciously begged to talk about Star Wars — like actor Paul Blake, who played much of Greedo’s role in the original movie.
Speaking to the New York Daily News about the documentary Elstree 1976, the conversation naturally turned to Greedo’s demise, and even Blake is a bit miffed that Greedo’s final moments were edited to make the poor Rodian seem even more incompetent at his job:
He was a bit inept wasn’t he? 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.
Damn, when even the guy who gets murdered in the scene prefers the original version, you know something needs fixing. Maybe one day someone at Disney and Lucasfilm will listen to Blake (and countless other Star Wars fans).