Tonight the Star Wars side of the internet is going crazy over a video Variety filmed at the Sundance Film Festival where they baited Woody Harrelson into “confirming” that he’s Garris Shrike in the Han Solo movie. Except, that’s not exactly what happened and this is a repeat of the “Darth Vegas” hilarity from 2015 when Kasdan didn’t recognize the Darth Plagueis name.
The video from Variety is here. The questioner asks Harrelson first if he’s playing Han Solo’s mentor in the movie and quickly adds in the name “Garris Shrike”. That’s an obscure Legends character from A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, and Harrelson pauses when he hears the name because he doesn’t recognize it. The questioner then asks if he’s playing “that character” and he answers yes, confirming the mentor part. That’s what happened, but that didn’t stop people from hearing what they want to hear.
And to add support to him only answering the “mentor” part of the question, I’ll just leave these Tweets here: