Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

John Boyega: Han shot first in Star Wars

Posted on

Lucasfilm

Everybody has an opinion on whether Han Solo shot first.

In the original cut of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, the Corellian smuggler blasted Greedo before Greedo could blast him. (Seems like a sensible move in the name of self-preservation.) 

But then George Lucas changed that in his Special Edition of Star Wars, having Greedo take the first shot… and practically up at the ceiling for some reason. (Seriously, how bad is Greedo’s aim? How do you miss someone sitting two freakin’ feet in front of you?)

Lucas recently defended the decision to have Han Solo react instead act, telling The Washington Post, “When you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”

It seems the new torchbearers of the Star Wars flame do not necessarily agree. “Hell, yes,” answered The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams when asked by a fan during a SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle whether Han shot first. (The Town Hall will premiere Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. ET on EW Radio.)

And Abrams’ is not the only one weighing in on the debate. Force Awakens star John Boyega (who plays Finn in the new film) also entered the fray during an EW Radio interview with yours truly that will play Friday morning on EW Morning Live (SiriusXM, channel 105, 8-10 a.m. ET).

When asked his favorite original Star Wars character, Boyega mentioned his love of the one and only Han Solo. And when asked whether Han should have shot first, Boyega had to do something of a double take. “Wait, wait,” said Boyega. “Han did shoot first, by the way. I don’t know where the debate is. Han shot first. Yes. Absolutely.”

And he didn’t stop there. “He did! He had his feet up and he had the gun aimed way early on. He shot first, okay? That’s that. Done. Finished.” Sorry, George Lucas, but we’re firmly with Abrams and Boyega on this one.

To hear Boyega’s passionate defense of Han shooting first and why Solo is his favorite Star Wars character ever, click on the Soundcloud above. And check out the entire interview Friday morning on EW Radio.

Comments