Harrison Ford takes a Greedo shot (first) for Jimmy Fallon
The Harrison Ford portion of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens media tour rolled through The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, hours after Ford appeared on Good Morning America. There, Ford discussed seeing The Force Awakens for the first time and whether he’d play Indiana Jones for a fifth time; on Jimmy Fallon’s show, he took a shot.
But not just any shot: a Greedo shot (first?), a mixture of cognac, creme de menthe, and ice.
Ford was reluctant to drink the concoction (“I’m working here”), but after some encouragement from the audience, he downed the shot alongside Fallon.
The Greedo shot, of course, gets its name from the Star Wars character Ford’s Han Solo kills in the 1977 original film. Back then, Han shot first and killed Greedo before he had the chance to attack; in the revamped special editions director George Lucas released in the 1990s, Greedo shoots first. Lucas explained the switch in a recent interview with the Washington Post.
“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?'” Lucas said. “Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And 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.”
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As for Ford, he doesn’t care that much about the shooter. “Knock yourself out,” he said to EW when asked his thoughts on the fan debate. “Have fun with it.” No word yet on what he thought of the Greedo shot.