Ever since The Force Awakens was released into cinemas in 2015, the life of Adam Driver changed forever. No longer was he simply “that guy” from the long-running TV show Girls, he was tough, brooding, and lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Of course, Kylo Ren has the Jedi powers and a cool look, but it took a skilled actor like Driver to give the character immediate depth and intrigue that could have easily fallen flat into generic villain territory. The Last Jedi only continued to make Kylo Ren more layered and unpredictable, and we simply can’t wait for what Driver has in store for us for the final film in the trilogy when Episode IX is released in 2019.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot more to 35-year-old Adam Driver than meets the eye. From his stint in the armed forces to his alleged “extreme” acting method, there are many amazing facts about Driver that deserve to be known.
He was in the US Marines
After the 9/11 tragedy, Driver was compelled to join the Marines and serve his country. Despite the brutal training and change of lifestyle, he has often reflected upon the time as being enjoyable and important to his development as a man. Driver, however, changed course and left the Marines for the Juilliard School for Drama, as he unfortunately suffered an injury which prevented him from any future deployment.
His early acting methods were a bit intense for some
While attending Juilliard, his days spent training with the Marines had obviously molded him into a hardened soldier, but he has admitted that he needed to tone down his way of communicating with people, as classmates found his personality slightly harsh and angry for a drama school and often broke into tears when working with him.
He dropped a huge amount of weight for a movie role
For the 2016 movie, Silence, which also starred Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and was directed by Martin Scorsese, Driver reportedly lost 50 pounds for the role of a 17th century Portuguese missionary. Critics nor cinemagoers were not exactly wowed by the movie itself, so one has to wonder if all that effort was even worth it in the end!
He has teamed up with Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron
But not in a movie or charity project. The three were selected by Swiss watch company Breitling for its so-called “Cinema Squad,” and other than wearing fancy timepieces and standing around and looking cool for the photoshoots, the trio simply has to promote the new Premier B01 Chronograph 42 model — that life doesn’t seem so bad. Although the watches aren’t known to be dirt cheap per se, Adam Driver superfans might be able to find themselves a Breitling model worn by the man himself if they look on a second-hand site.
He hates watching himself in his own movies and TV shows
Most actors dislike seeing themselves on-screen, but Driver has admitted that he flat out refuses to watch anything he has appeared in, with the pilot of Girls and The Force Awakens apparently the only two exceptions he has made thus far. “Thankfully I’m masked through a lot of [The Force Awakens], so I could kind of hide that way,” said Driver to The Telegraph. “But it took a long time. I remember being sick to my stomach and almost vomiting in the theatre at the premiere, which was just…very disconcerting, really.”
Not all his roles are so serious
Although he typically portrays very pensive roles — let’s just say that the character of Kylo Ren isn’t the most fun to be around — Driver has shown a comedic side with the help of Saturday Night Live. In a short sketch video, Driver pokes fun at the Kylo Ren character by pretending to be an undercover boss. Check out the funny video here and your opinion of Adam Driver might change!