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2019-12-17 15:31:06

 

Adam Driver Walks Out of Interview After Hearing His Performance in ‘Marriage Story’



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Adam Driver attends SFFILM Awards Night on December 3, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Drew Altizer Photography/Shutterstock

Boy, bye! Adam Driver reportedly walked out of a recent interview with NPR’s Fresh Air after the radio show played a clip of him in the film Marriage Story.

While promoting his upcoming slew of movies, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Netflix’s Marriage Story, Driver, 36, joined NPR’s Fresh Air talk show in December, but the interview never aired.

A source told The Daily Beast on Tuesday, December 17, that the actor walked out of the interview after telling the show’s host, Terry Gross, about his “displeasure at the idea of listening to a clip of himself” singing “Being Alive” from Company.

In Netflix’s Marriage Story, Driver performs the song, but he doesn’t enjoy hearing himself in past roles or watching himself onscreen a fact that “Gross’ team was aware [of].” The insider told the publication that the show’s team knew that “Driver prefers not to listen to recordings of himself and encouraged him to remove his headphones while any clips played back.”

When the show played back a clip from the movie, the Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi actor left, Fresh Air’s executive producer Danny Miller confirmed to The Daily Beast.

“We don’t really understand why he left,” Miller said in an email sent to the publication. “We were looking forward to the interview—Terry thinks he’s a terrific actor, he was a great guest when he was on [Fresh Air] in 2015—so we were disappointed that we didn’t have a new interview to share with our listeners about Marriage Story.”

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Adam Driver in ‘Marriage Story.’ Netflix

This isn’t the first time Driver has expressed being uncomfortable listening to his own work. In 2015 when he was last on Fresh Air he declined to listen to another audio clip of himself and when asked about it the actor said, “I don’t want to hear the bad acting that probably was happening during that clip.”

During that same interview he revealed, “I’ve watched myself or listened to myself before, then always hate it. And then I wish I could change it, but you can’t and I think I have, like, a tendency to try and make things better or drive myself and the other people around me crazy with the things I wanted to change or I wish I could change.”

In an October interview with The New Yorker, the Girls alum echoed these sentiments admitting he went “totally cold” when seeing himself as Kylo Ren in Star Wars for the first time, which went against his promise to avoid seeing himself in anything. “I knew my scene was coming up where I had to kill Han Solo, and people were, like, hyperventilating when the title came up, and I felt like I had to puke,” he said.

This fear of watching himself came about after Driver watched his role on Girls. “That’s when I was, like, I can’t watch myself in things,” he told the publication. “I certainly can’t watch this if we’re going to continue doing it.” He noted that his film-viewing days ended after his role in Inside Llewyn Davis.

In April, the Broadway star told the Los Angeles Times about his career trajectory and admitted that despite working with great directors in big roles he’s still not immune to self-doubt.

“Self-doubt is where I live,” he told the publication at the time. “I don’t quite know how to process how lucky I’ve been. My goal when I graduated from Juilliard was literally to make a living as an actor.”

He added: “I definitely didn’t expect to look back after 10 years at these people I’ve gotten to work with. It’s insane to me.”

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