In a recent interview with The Washington Post, George Lucas waxed poetic about the painful experience of letting go of Star Wars, and the lengths he's had to go to over the years in order to spare himself the vitriol of Star Wars fans. Apparently, "Lucas says he has assiduously avoided the Internet since 2000 — no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail even," which I guess means he's been lucky enough to never have to witness a debate about who shot first on someone's Facebook wall.
Speaking of who shot first, Lucas defended his "Greedo shot first" change as convincingly as you'll ever hear:
Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’ 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.
Han Solo may be a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, but the man's got a code. Luckily for Lucas, he won't be online to read the responses to that argument.
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