Monday 23 April 2018

Adam Driver: Army gave me direction

Adam Driver spent over two years in the Army before becoming an actor
Adam Driver spent over two years in the Army before becoming an actor

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".

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