Greedo

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Greedo
Star Wars character
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Greedo as he appears in Star Wars (1977)
First appearance Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (novel, 1976)
Last appearance The Phantom Menace (1999)
Created by George Lucas
Portrayed by Paul Blake/Maria De Aragon
(Star Wars)
Simon Rose/Oliver Walpole (deleted scenes, The Phantom Menace)
Voiced by Larry Ward (Star Wars)
Tom Kenny (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Information
Species Rodian
Gender Male
Occupation Bounty hunter
Affiliation Jabba Desilijic Tiure's criminal empire
Homeworld Rodia

Greedo (or Greedo the Young) is a fictional character from the Star Wars franchise. He is portrayed by Paul Blake as well as Maria De Aragon in some close-in pickup shots in Star Wars (1977), the character is part of a fan controversy known as "Han shot first".

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 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 and watches the podracer built by Skywalker.[citation needed]

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 20 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.

Comics and video games[edit]

  • Marvel Comics' Star Wars #2, titled Six Against the Galaxy, part 2 of an adaptation of the 1977 film.
  • In Star Wars Battlefront, Greedo is one of the seven featured villains in the game. On March 22, 2016, he was added along with Nien Nunb as part of the Outer Rim downloadable content.

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][3]

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".[4] Lucas 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.[5] 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.[5][6]

Some fans objected to the revisions to the original film, even generating an online petition demanding that the changes be retracted,[7] 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.[8][5][9] Lucas stated in 2012 that Greedo has always shot first, and his revisions to the film only served to "clean up the confusion".[4]

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. ^ Bray, Adam (April 2, 2015). "Split Personalities: Star Wars Movie Characters Played By Multiple Actors". StarWars.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ 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). Interview with Alex Ben Block. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "More Changes to STAR WARS Include Blinking Ewoks and Different Cut of Greedo Shooting First". Collider.com. September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Han Shoots First". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Sagers, Aaron, "An unbelievable day in the life of Jack Bauer", The Morning Call, February 15, 2006
  9. ^ "Restoring Star Wars". ABC News. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 

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