Despite video evidence to the contrary in hundreds of thousands of homes around the world, George Lucas is now claiming, plainly and straightly, that Greedo always shot first and all he did in the Star Wars special edition was change the camera angle to make it more obvious.
Here's a clip of Greedo shooting first.
And here's George telling The Hollywood Reporter that doesn't exist:
It's a movie, just a movie. 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 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.
Well, at least he's right about it being "just a movie."
We could debate what makes a cold-blooded killer, or the ethics of Solo shooting first for hours, and very interesting it would be. But, according to Lucas, there would be no point because, actually, the scene was simple "evil alien shoots at our hero, our hero fights back in self defense."
How very boring.