It seems fandom’s obsession with “Star Wars” forced George Lucas off the web.
In a lengthy new Washington Post profile of the creator of the “Star Wars” saga, Lucas said that since 2000, he’s avoided the internet and all its trappings like Facebook, Twitter, even email.
A large part of this has to do with the constant ridicule he’s received since making the “Star Wars” prequels from 1999-2005. Though they were huge box-office draws, most fans thought they couldn’t hold a candle to the original trilogy.
Lucas told Vanity Fair back in June:
“It was fine before the internet… But now… it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?'”
In the Post story, Lucas also chimed in on the decades-long debated question: Did Han Solo shoot first in the Mos Eisley cantina?
Since “A New Hope” came out in 1977, many have argued about if it was Solo or Greedo, one of Jabba the Hut’s henchmen searching for Solo, who shot first in their famous faceoff.
That can now be put to rest by Lucas’ answer.
“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,” he said.
This is also obvious when looking at how Lucas changed the scene when he did his special edition. Here’s a comparison of it next to the original:
So there you have it, Greedo shot first. Don’t bother emailing George your thoughts.
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