Adam Driver: Army gave me direction
Published 04/06/2014 | 11:52
Adam Driver has told how joining the Marines gave him the focus and determination to become an actor.
The 30-year-old star of Girls - who is set to appear in Martin Scorsese's Silence and the new Star Wars movie - recalled his wild youth growing up in a small town in Indiana to M magazine, starting a fight club and raiding the bins outside a potato chip factory.
The actor recalled: "We would climb radio towers, set things on fire. We tried to set a tyre on fire. That was really hard. We would dumpster-dive for potato chips. One dumpster, there was a chip factory behind it, and they used to throw out all their old potato chips."
He also revealed he co-founded a fight club that met in a field. "I think we probably came up with some rules," he revealed. "No hitting in the b***s, 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."
Adam told how his parents made him move into a back room and pay rent once he graduated from high school, and after 9/11 a sense of patriotism prompted him to enlist in the Marine Corps, where he spent two-and-a-half years in a training camp in San Diego.
He revealed: "I felt this sense of patriotism and wanted retribution and wanted to be involved, but also, I wasn't doing anything.
"Joining the military was beneficial because I think I had the will but didn't have the drive or didn't know where to put it. And I learned in the military where to put it.
"I joined for specific reasons, but they all went away as soon as I was with the guys that I was serving with. It turned into just being with them. Not going overseas with them was hard."
And when he left the armed forces in 2005 he decided to re-audition for top New York performing arts school Julliard.
He explained: "When you get out of the Marine Corps, you feel like you can do anything.
"That was part of why I went to re-audition for Juilliard. I thought, worse comes to worst, I know how to live. I'll survive. You feel like all civilian problems are meaningless and small, which is a complete illusion, but you have this confidence."
Adam said if he hadn't passed his second audition to Julliard he thinks he would "probably be a fireman".