A weirdo with prominent ears and uncontrolled rage
that became a sex symbol for millennials.
How did a loyal fan of indie directors end up on the dark side?
And why did Star Wars make his life unbearable?
Stay tuned to find out.
As a teenager, Driver described himself as a "misfit" that climbed radio towers, set
objects on fire, and even started a real fight club after watching
the famous movie.
He was 17, and had just graduated from High School in the teeny-tiny town of Mishawaka,
having almost no access to things he loved the most - theatre and movies.
Adam was living in the backroom of his parents` house trying to cover the rent.
He worked as a door-to-door salesman, a telemarketer, sold vacuum cleaners and at the same time
was a regular at McDonald’s.
“It was pretty aimless,” he says.
“I didn’t have anything."
The only thing that kept him warm was acting in small plays in his high school drama classes.
After graduation, Adam tried to apply to Juilliard school in New York to make acting a serious
thing but he didn't get in.
He got anxious.
But then, Adam remembered all the stories of actors going to L.A. with no money and
just doing it.
So he thought: why not me?
Got in a car and left it all to chance.
But his car broke down in Texas before he even got close to Hollywood...
He spent all his money on reparing it and finally got to...
no, not even LA... only to Santa Monica.
Driver spent two nights in youth hostels there, most of the time wandering along the beachside.
The only agent he signed with was a real estate agency, which took him for the rest of his savings.
Having landed neither an apartment nor an acting gig, Driver drove back home, thus ending
Adam felt broken, with no idea about what to do next.
The year was 2001 and September 11th changed the lives of every American.
With an overwhelming sense of duty and just being pissed off at himself, his parents,
the government not having confidence, not having a respectable
job — Adam made a life-changing decision...
I felt this sense of patriotism and wanted retribution and wanted to be involved,' he says.
He joined the Marine Corps where he became an 81mm mortar man.
Adam loved being a marine: "It is one of the things I'm most proud of having done in my
life," he admits.
Driver was deeply surprised at how his ego and the clichéd concepts of military service
"There is no posturing, no need to say how much of a man you are, whatever that even means.
You prove it with your actions."
Within his regular duties and amidst endless trust for his Marine team besides him, Adam
found real friends and finally saw meaning in his actions.
After almost 3 years in the Marine Corps, Adam was preparing for deployment to Iraq.
His whole life was now focused on a new mission.
But a few months before deploying he dislocated his sternum in a mountain-biking accident!
The doctor declared a very devastating diagnosis and unwillingly Adam was medically discharged
from the service.
Suddenly he had to become a civilian again.
Adam got back home with nothing again... like the time when he came back from his failed LA trip.
But this time Driver had one special upside though:
he developed belief in himself.
“When you get out of the Marine Corps, you feel like you can do anything,” he says.
And so he decided to give acting another shot and went to re-audition for Juilliard.
"I thought, Worse comes to worst, I know how to live.
I’ll live in Central Park or something.
This time he got in.
He became a student of his dream drama school.
But what came as a surprise was the whole transition from military man to civilian.
it was a huge gap between a life were Adam was firing rifles
and the life of acting classes where he had to throw imaginary energy balls.
He lost his sense of community and did not know how to apply his military skills to more
than just actions, but to feelings as well.
He was seen as an intimidating and volatile figure by his classmates.
Adam was so aggressive that his comments made fellow students cry.
They never knew what to expect from this angry 6'2 weirdo during his day at school,
as he could perform random feats, such as doing 1,000 push-ups.
"I was trying to make it as extreme for myself as possible.
Now it just makes me so tired and annoyed."
No one seemed to get him, except this one girl, who showed him how to bridge his past
and present vocations.
It was Joanne Tucker, who eventually became Adam`s wife.
Together they launched a nonprofit organisation called Arts In The Armed Forces.
It brought high-quality arts programmes to active duty service members, veterans, military
support staff and their families around the world free of charge.
Adam found a purpose again and so was ready to give his acting career the best he could.
After graduating from Juilliard, he didn't want to get involved with TV roles and almost
skipped his audition for comedy-drama series "Girls" entirely.
The show's creator, Lena Dunham saw him as a perfect candidate for the emotionally unstable
Actually, Adam`s character was only written for the pilot episode,
but as the show`s producer Jenni Konner sayd, “once you work with Adam Driver, you never
want to stop.”
“He’s like a young De Niro!"
So the Girls team got busy expanding the role and eventually made Adam Sackler a central character.
Not only did the Girls team love Adam, but his unusual, instinctive style made him a
favourite of indie filmmakers.
In particular, He landed meaty roles in the fims of the Coen brothers, Noah Baumbach,
He played the lead in Jim Jarmusch's Paterson and shared top billing in Steven Soderbergh's
heist comedy Logan Lucky.
This year Adam has a premiere of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which Terry Gilliam had
been trying to make for 17 years.
And yet nothing Driver had ever done even remotely prepared him for Star Wars.
He had grown up a fan of the original trilogy, but had little faith in oversized film franchises.
"I'm leery of big movies - a lot of them sacrifice character for spectacle," he says.
"When they're bad, it pisses me off - you can just tell it's made by a bunch of executives somewhere."
So when Adam was offered the role of the main antagonist Kylo Ren, he decided to fullfill
his character with deep and strong personality.
"Making him as human as possible seemed dangerous and exciting to me," he recalls.
The Guardian highlighted Driver's performance as "gorgeously cruel, spiteful and capricious..."
Everyone was fascinated by his role, except for Adam himself, for whom the incredible
expectation in terms of publicity was a disaster.
“I didn’t realize,” he said, shaking his head, “how 90 percent of the job was
going to be talking about the thing—while you’re doing it, before you’re doing it,
after you’re doing it—and interpreting it.
And 10 percent is actually making the thing itself.”
During the premiere, Driver felt sick to his stomach.
He felt a huge responsibilty for what his character did to Han Solo.
"I was holding my wife's hand, and she's like, 'You're really cold.
Are you OK?'
Because I just knew what was coming - I kill Harrison - and I didn't know how this audience
of 2,000 people was going to respond to it, you know?"
One person in the crowd who appreciated that scene was Han Solo himself.
Adam recalls, when the two were sitting on the catwalk in between takes and Harrison
said: 'Look what we get to do.
Just look what we get to do.'
meaning that they are really lucky to have this as their job.
That response excited Driver and made him a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.
But passers-by who once stopped him to ask, "How could you do that to Hannah?" in reference
to the bad-boy behaviour of Driver's character in "Girls", were now asking, "How could you
do that to Han Solo?"
Adam hated all this communication and never-ending interviews.
Driver, who is almost pathologically private by nature, remains uncomfortable with notoriety.
The idea that he is now a new sex symbol did not make him happier either.
"I'm not in the world the same way I was before," Driver says.
"It's completely changed my life.
My anonymity is gone.
But who I am as a person is the exact same.
Or, I hope."
He tries to hide in public places.
"I like sleepy, quiet places," Driver explains.
With his new lifestyle, there is only one place where Adam Driver really feels comfortable
in his own skin - in a Brooklyn apartment with his wife and
their pitbull-rottweiler cross, Moose, who seems to gently take care of Adam Driver's
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