Ever since the Star Wars Special Editions were released two decades ago, “Han shot first!” has been a rallying cry among fans of the franchise. So it should be no surprise that Paul Bettany received a very large cheer when he repeated the line during his live interview at the world premiere for Solo: A Star Wars Story. But according to Bettany, Han’s tendency to shoot first will not only be addressed in the film, it will actually be important.
“This movie chronicles a time where we understand and we learn why Han discovers that it's better to shoot first than second,” said Bettany.
This implies that we may see a less trigger happy version of Han Solo, at least initially. It could also suggest that Han lost someone close to him or suffered a tragedy that made him more willing to pull out a blaster before asking questions.
During the interview, Bettany also recalled seeing the first Star Wars movie when he was a child.
"When I first saw Star Wars, I was six-years-old, and it took me out of a really grey, drab 1970s London and took me to another universe,” related Bettany. “In that universe, I met a lot of people, and one of those people was Han Solo. And Han Solo shot first!”
Bettany went to share his memory from his first day on the set of Solo.
“My first day on the set, I walked down a spiral staircase and an R2 unit went by with champagne flutes on his head and I went, 'My God, I'm in Star Wars!'" said Bettany.
Finally, Bettany offered fans a few small tidbits about his character, Dryden Vos, and why he seems to enjoy the finer things that the galaxy has to offer.
"Dryden is really good at being a gangster,” said Bettany. “He's really good at being bad. He's the Godfather... He just really enjoys being a bad dude.”
We’ll see Dryden and Han in action soon, when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.