Greedo

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Greedo
Star Wars character
GreedoStarWars.jpg
Greedo as he appears in Star Wars (1977)
First appearance
Created byGeorge Lucas
Portrayed by
  • Paul Blake/Maria De Aragon (Episode IV)
  • Simon Rose/Oliver Walpole (Episode I, deleted scene)
Voiced by
In-universe information
Full nameGreedo Tetsu Jr.
GenderMale
OccupationBounty hunter
HomeworldRodia

Greedo Tetsu Jr. is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He was a Rodian bounty hunter from the Tetsu Clan and worked for gangster Jabba the Hutt. He appears in the first Star Wars film during a scene where he confronts and threatens Han Solo, only to be killed by Solo. The scene was later altered so that Greedo also shoots at Han, leading to the infamous fan controversy known as "Han shot first" with which the character has since come to be best-known.

Greedo was portrayed in 1977 by Paul Blake, as well as Maria De Aragon for some close-in pickup shots in 1977, while a younger version of him was played by Simon Rose and Oliver Walpole in a deleted scene from the 1999 prequel film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The character has made appearances in a few other pieces of Star Wars media, including the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the 2015 video game Star Wars Battlefront.

Appearances[edit]

Star Wars (1977)[edit]

Greedo is a Rodian bounty hunter working for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars: A New Hope.[1] Jabba hires him to capture Han Solo, who lost the Hutt's cargo during a smuggling mission while evading pursuit from an Imperial Star Destroyer. Greedo tracks his target to the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine, where Han kills him with a concealed blaster.[2]

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)[edit]

The infamous 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special depicts a being strikingly resembling Greedo in both species and clothing, known as "Bludlow".[3] Bludlow is seen at the Cantina, although no relation between Greedo and him is known, other than being both Rodians.

A Rodian named "Ludlo" was described as the brother of Greedo during a 1978 marketing campaign.[4]

In 2014, The Star Wars Holiday Special, already of the lower "S-Canon" canonicity level, was declared non-canonical and part of the separate Star Wars Legends continuity, which takes place in a different universe. Despite this, Bludlow was recanonized with the 2018 novel Star Wars: Last Shot, a tie-in to the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, of the same year.

The Phantom Menace (1999)[edit]

In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, a young Greedo wrestles with a young Anakin Skywalker in a deleted scene. The scene was shot to demonstrate the violence potential that would have led Anakin to become Darth Vader, but George Lucas decided that Anakin should have been completely good in Episode I, to begin his downfall to evil later.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010)[edit]

Greedo also appears in the 2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Sphere of Influence". In this series, set 21 years before A New Hope, Greedo is hired by the Trade Federation to kidnap Baron Papanoida's daughters, Che Amanwe and Chi Eekway. He and his accomplices are ultimately foiled by Ahsoka Tano as well as the Baron and his son.

Other media[edit]

Portrayal[edit]

In Star Wars, Paul Blake played Greedo during the main shooting, while an articulated head was built afterward and used by Maria De Aragon for pick-up shots. Linguist Larry Ward performed the voice. Tom Kenny providing the voice in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.[2][6]

Han shot first[edit]

In 2012, director George Lucas expressed his dissatisfaction with the Han-Greedo scene, believing that it depicts Solo, the film's supporting protagonist, as a "cold-blooded killer".[7] Lucas had altered the scene for the 1997 Special Edition re-release so that Greedo shoots first at Solo and misses, and then Solo returns fire, killing Greedo.[8] The scene was altered again for the 2004 DVD release so that the shots are fired at nearly the same time and so that Solo dodges Greedo's shot.[8][9]

Some fans objected to the revisions to the original film, even generating an online petition demanding that the changes be retracted.[10] The primary objection to the revision is that it alters Han's initially morally ambiguous character, making his later transition from anti-hero to hero less meaningful.[11][8][12] Lucas stated in 2012 that Greedo has always shot first, and his revisions to the film only served to "clean up the confusion".[7]

The scene was altered again for the version of Star Wars released on the Disney streaming service, Disney+, on November 12, 2019. In this version, Greedo says a line transcribed by fans as "maclunkey" or "ma klounkee" before shooting at Han. The line may be a threat spoken in Huttese, as it is used that way by Sebulba in The Phantom Menace.[13] Additionally, the reverse shot of Greedo being shot was removed. The changes were made by Lucas before Disney acquired the Star Wars rights in 2012.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greedo". StarWars.com. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Hill, Amelia. "Greedo: Star Wars Character Profile". Scifi.about.com. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/characters/bludlow/
  4. ^ https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/f/fb/Ludlo-poster.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20061020230614
  5. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2 March 2016). "Star Wars Battlefront's first DLC adds playable Greedo, Nien Nunb and Jabba's Palace". Polygon.
  6. ^ Bray, Adam (April 2, 2015). "Split Personalities: Star Wars Movie Characters Played By Multiple Actors". StarWars.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Lucas, George (February 9, 2012). "5 Questions With George Lucas: Controversial Star Wars Changes, SOPA and Indiana Jones 5". The Hollywood Reporter (Interview). Interviewed by Alex Ben Block. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Eveleth, Rose (August 27, 2014). "The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn't Want You To See". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "More Changes to STAR WARS Include Blinking Ewoks and Different Cut of Greedo Shooting First". Collider. September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  10. ^ "Han Shoots First". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Sagers, Aaron, "An unbelievable day in the life of Jack Bauer", The Morning Call, February 15, 2006
  12. ^ "Restoring Star Wars". ABC News. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "In Latest Version of Star Wars' "Han Shot First" Scene, George Lucas Adds "Maclunkey"". Slate Magazine. 2019-11-12. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  14. ^ Alexander, Julia (2019-11-12). "George Lucas changed Han Solo's scene with Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, Disney confirmed". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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