Shot First, And Knows It. by berndt2

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In 1977, when many of you weren’t born yet, Star Wars was released, and the (then) young and dynamic writer-director George Lucas had a character, Han Solo, play a smuggler who, when cornered by a bounty hunter, shot him before the bounty hunter had a chance to.

In a subsequent revision “Special Edition” two decades later, George Lucas was older and milder to the point where he no longer wanted to have a ‘hero’ shoot first in an altercation. The resulting adjustment meant that the bounty hunter shoots FIRST and MISSES from a point-blank distance.

When you hear increasingly older Star Wars fans talk about Han Shooting First, it’s not so much about being geeky, it’s actually about whether old deluded filmmakers deserve the right to reimagine and reinterpret scenery just because they’re … well… stupid.

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Harrison Ford is Han Solo, and he walks with a casual aura of confidence that says, over THIRTY YEARS later, that this man will shoot first and not give a crap. At all.

Photo taken at the Cowboys & Aliens premiere in London, 2011

Bernd Talasch doesn’t remember being hatched in a research laboratory in Omaha in the late 1950s so maybe that never happened. (Placeholder bio – remember to replace).

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Cool!! . . .

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 3 years ago

    Oh I could say something really unladylike here, but I won’t. Needless to say I was a teenager in 1977. Say no more.

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 3 years ago

    Wow, what a great capture! This goes straight to the trophy room mate!!

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyabout 3 years ago

    Love your commentary and yeah I was born long before Han shot first….
    Another great shot yourself…and I’ve only just started, I could be around for a while ;)

  • John Linton
    John Lintonabout 3 years ago

    All killer, no filler (as they used to say about great record albums).

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome! And your commentaries are so entertaining!!! :)))

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    ohhh love it !!!

  • julien  oncete
    julien oncetealmost 3 years ago

    Lovely scene!

  • Trudi Skinn
    Trudi Skinnover 2 years ago

    I was born after Han shot first but well before it turned out Greedo might have been a lousy shot bounty hunter anyway..
    loving the capture on this one.

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