But for the 20th anniversary re-release, director George Lucas changed the scene to show Greedo shooting first, but missing despite being at an insanely close range. Then Solo shoots back, essentially in self=defense.
Here's the problem for many fans: By not shooting first, Solo's character development is stunted because he no longer goes from a roguish anti-hero to unlikely rebel ally.
Lucas has insisted that the change was to clear up his original intent -- which wasn't to have Solo appear to be a "cold-blooded killer." He told The Hollywood Reporter that the original version was not as cut and dried as fans remember. "I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first," he said.
However, the original script doesn't appear to support that version of events, reading:
Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as the other patron look on in bemused amazement. Han gets up and starts out of the cantina, flipping the bartender some coins as he leaves.
But with the exception of one limited edition release, all of the DVD releases line up with Lucas' revised sequence of events.
So what does Harrison Ford think about this? He doesn't care.
Oh, and unlike Indiana Jones, Ford likes snakes.