By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I felt like I was kind of good at it and I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just stick with things that I’m good at,’ because I wasn’t really good at anything else,” Adam Driver says of his foray into acting during high school as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter‘s offices to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Clearly, Driver’s instinct was sound, because today he is one of the most respected and in-demand actors of his generation.
Mid-day on Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose the 33-year-old as 2016’s best actor for his portrayal of a bus driver/poet in Jim Jarmusch‘s indie Paterson. Later in the afternoon, Paramount unveiled Martin Scorsese‘s latest, Silence, for which Driver dropped 51 pounds to portray a 17th century Jesuit priest. Oh, you’ll also see him over the next year, reprising his two most famous roles: Adam Sackler on HBO’s Girls, the sixth and final season of which begins airing in February, and Kylo Ren, Darth Vader’s grandson, in the eighth Star Wars film, which opens across America next December.
In other words, now and for the foreseeable future, it’s Adam Driver’s world and we’re all just living in it.
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