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A true Star Wars fan would know who really shot first, but as we all know about the truth, it can change over an extended period of time. The outcome can even turn out to be the complete opposite. In the 1977 theatrical release of Star Wars, Han and Greedo find themselves in a tense stand-off within the Mos Eisley cantina. Not known for pulling back any punches anywhere else in the series, Han blows Greedo away before the bounty hunter has a chance to react. But then, in the special edition release, George Lucas makes Greedo shoots first. This teeny tiny act is regarded as a blasphemous alteration by many fans of the original release. But now the great debate is over.

A very reliable source has come out from the woodworks in hopes to end the bickering once and for all. I mean, who knows better than the guy who was actually on the receiving end of that first shot?

That’s right. Paul Blake, the actor behind Greedo, sets the record straight.

(Above: The original Star Wars script from Peter Mayhew)

“Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, ‘Han shoots the alien.’ ” Blake told New York Daily News. “It’s all it says and that’s what happened. It was very painful.”

There you go, nerds. The special edition release wasn’t a clarification, but a straight up change. And according to Blake, not only does that change fail to do Han justice, but it disservices Greedo as well:

“He was a bit inept wasn’t he?” joked Blake. “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.”

Suck it, you special edition, scruffy-looking nerf herders! Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you.

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Source: Outer Places

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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  • So, I’ve always been a little confused by the whole “Who Shot First?” debate. Well, really the way it’s phrased, I guess. I mean, really, Han shot. Period. That’s it. No one shot first; there was only one shot. But it is nice to see Paul Blake being a good sport about it. Also, he’s right in that in addition to making him a terrible shot, it does rob Greedo of the glory of being blown away by one of the most famed smugglers in the Galaxy.

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