Adam Driver, a Star Wars actor, describes his first Comic-Con experience as “scary.”
It’s no secret that actor Adam Driver struggled during the production of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.
Before being cast as Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the mid-2010s, Driver had only been a supporting actor on the HBO dramedy Girls and had only done a handful of indie or award season films, and he has since been open about how unprepared he was for the career change.
One harrowing experience Driver is now discussing is his first San Diego Comic-Con, which he describes as “scary” in one word.
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During an appearance on the Graham Norton Show in the United Kingdom, Driver was asked directly if he enjoyed his first trip to Comic-Con.
The actor responded with a simple and concise “No,” which has become Adam Driver’s signature.
To be fair, Driver did go on a bit more about why he didn’t immediately connect with the SDCC experience – while being careful not to blame himself:
“I had no idea what the rules of Comic-Con were,” Driver admitted to Norton.
“I arrived at the hotel at 2 a.m. and said, ‘Maybe tomorrow I’ll go get a coffee.’ They said, ‘Oh no, you can’t get a coffee.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe I’ll get a coffee in the hotel.’ They said, ‘No, you can’t get a coffee in the hotel…’
‘If you want to go outside, put on a mask so no one knows who you are,’ they say.
Without a doubt, Adam Driver wasn’t prepared for the instant fame and recognition that being cast in a Star Wars film brings to any actor.
He also wasn’t prepared for the diehard devotion and obsession that Star Wars fans have for the franchise, as he goes on to say:
“I opened my [hotel room]window because I’d been in the room for 24 hours,” Driver explains, “and then there was a band at the bottom of the building playing the Star Wars theme on repeat, because we [the cast]were all staying in the hotel.”
It was terrifying…
“I got a glimpse of it…
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