A few interesting inserts on some revisionism - or attempts at revisionism…
George Lucas: When writing the movies, I tried to make sure that aliens and droids got killed, but not people.
Paul Duncan: A lot of stormtroopers died.
George Lucas: That’s right, but you didn’t know they were people. We did kill three humans and that was unfortunate. I was always bothered by it.
Paul Duncan: When was that?
George Lucas: On the Death Star, when Han and Luke go into the prison with Chewie to rescue Leia, they shoot three Imperial guys. The guards drew their guns and fired first, but it’s still a shame.
Paul Duncan: Really?
George Lucas: Yeah, we very consciously didn’t kill very many humans in those movies.
Paul Duncan: What about the stormtroopers? They look robotic, but they’re not.
George Lucas: How do you know what they are?
Paul Duncan: Did you have a different idea of what they were?
George Lucas: Yeah, they started out as clones. Once all the clones were killed, the Empire picked up recruits, like militia.
This is so strange to me. Are aliens and clones not people to George? Besides, what about everyone Luke blew up with the Death Star? I guess as long as we don’t see their faces, their death doesn’t count. And what about the good dozen Rebels gunned down by Stormtroopers in the first scene, or Captain Antilles who had his neck crushed, or crispy Owen and Beru…
Like, I don’t want to say this flippantly, but this seems like an artist in willful denial of the content of his art.
^ from the George Lucas’s Sequel Trilogy thread.
Paul Duncan is the author of the officially licensed ‘The Star Wars Archives - 1977-83’ and ‘The Star Wars Archives - 1995-2005’ books.
It seems doubleofive got there first and saved it 😃
The original tweet and claim by author Paul Duncan (which he later deleted):-
^ from the Possible ‘proof’ that Greedo was always meant to shoot thread.
This may also be of some interest (though not quite SE revisionism) too - Fated’s updated post in the It seems like nobody involved in the making of the OT has spoken up about GL’s oppression of the OOT thread - on people in and around Star Wars wanting that classic theatrical version of the Original Trilogy release, or it made available etc.