A Millenials Guide to Film: 10 Reasons to Love Adam Driver
I have decided to publically confess my love for Adam Driver with the hopes that there will be one fateful day in which he stumbles upon this post, leaves his wife, and we ride off into the sunset together. I fell in love with Adam during season one of Girls (2012), and I am so proud to see him thrive as his acting career continues to develop. While he may not be one of Hollywood’s dreamboats, he is my dreamboat, and maybe after I enlighten you with a sample of just a few of the things that make him so wonderful; he will be your prince charming as well.
1. He started a Fight Club in High School
I don’t usually condone violence, but there is just something about Adam Driver starting his own Fight Club after being so moved by the work of David Fincher as a little lad that I can’t help but love. In an interview with M Magazine, he gave some details about his angsty teenage club.
“I think we probably came up with some rules. No hitting in the balls, a good rule. There was a guy that rode by on a bike one time. He said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ So I fought him.”
2. 9/11 Drove Driver to Join the Military
Adam Driver was deeply moved by 9/11, and felt that it was his duty to do more than just sit back and mope about the travesty. Almost immediately after the attack, Driver signed up to be a marine. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he spoke about how motivated he was to go overseas and fight for his country.
“I went and saw the recruiter, who was like, ‘Are you on the run from the cops? Because we’ve never had someone want to leave so fast’. I was like, ‘I’m going to be a man.'”
3. He Started a Non-Profit Combining His Love For Theater and His Connection with The Troops
Arts in the Armed Forces is the non-profit that Driver and his wife founded to support the troops and integrate the arts into the military. The organization provides theatrical performances for members of every branch of the military to broaden their appreciation for the arts, and bring them much deserved artistically motivated entertainment at zero cost.
4. He’s Very Humble about His Acting
Like many artists, Driver tends to avoid watching his performances on TV and in movies. In an interview with Esquire, he admitted that he is pretty hard on himself when it comes to watching himself act.
“I saw the pilot of Girls with Lena on her laptop and I was like, ‘This is fucking terrible.’ Not the show, but the experience. I can’t help but see the mistakes,” he said.
His only salvation for having to watch Star Wars so many times was the fact that he was wearing a mask for a large portion of the film.
“Thankfully I’m masked through a lot of it, so I could kind of hide that way. 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.”
5. He is a Theatrical Purist
Prior to Girls, Driver had only acted theatrically and was avidly against film acting. He originally turned down his opportunity to be on Girls as he “thought TV was evil,” but somehow he was convinced, and ever since he’s been working on the dark side 😉
6. He Prefers an Unplugged Lifestyle
I am particularly charmed by this one. I have gradually become extremely fed up with the epidemic that is technology codependency. While the Internet is the home to a lot of super dope stuff (i.e. Controlforever.com), it is shocking how much we rely on technology every single day, and how our cell phones are just black holes that steal our time and attention.
“Just having the internet is a weird and dangerous thing because people become accustomed to knowing things when they want to know them and not having to work for it. I definitely see the value in not knowing everything and having mystery in life and mystery in people.”
7. He’s Funny AF
Don’t be fooled by his monotone voice and tall, dark and handsome aura, Adam can be seriously funny. His Kylo Ren “Undercover Boss” skit is one of my favorite SNL skits ever:
8. He is Praised by Scorsese
Driver acted in one of Scorsese’s lesser-known films, Silence, in 2016. When asked about casting for the film, Scorsese commended Driver for his talent.
“I love the way he moves, his sense of himself on camera… he also has that remarkable baritone voice. He’s talented, of course, and very, very brave.”
9. He Has a Tendency To Go Method
While method acting can be dangerous, you know that it is only those who are hopelessly devoted to their craft to go as far as going method. Driver’s commitment to his roles has been as simple as getting his bus driver’s license for Patterson or as serious as literally starving himself, and losing over 50 pounds to authentically play his famished character in Silence.
He has admitted that starving himself for the role took a toll on his ability to perform:
“Sometimes you would show up to do scenes and all you had energy for was just to listen and respond.”
10. He Has a Way with Words
Driver has dropped some wise words over the years:
“People always are desperate to have others acknowledge that they are different”
“Acting is really about having the courage to fail in front of people.”
And my personal favorite…
“We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything.”
I love you, Adam. One day when I am a successful film director, you will be the first person I call to star in my super twisted dark comedy.