Friday, May 05, 2006

It's the character, stupid

The promise to include the original theatrical release of "Star Wars" as a extra on the next version of the DVDs has prompted a moderate amount of bruhaha and celebration among fans.


In the original theatrical release, Hans Solo shoots the bounty hunter Greedo to avoid being taken captive or killed.

In the remastered film on DVD, George Lucas changed the scene. Solo still shoots Greedo, but only after Greedo shoots first.

What's the big deal? What can screenwriters take away from this nerdy debate?

The change doesn't affect plot. It doesn't affect backstory. It doesn't affect anything but character.

Yet that one little change, of Han Solo's character, led to a major outcry among the movie's fans.

The lesson? It's character that matters.


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