Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't hit theaters for another seven months, but that doesn't mean we don't like talking about it any less. One of the latest tidbits about the actors in the new #StarWars trilogy tells us a lot about the people behind the characters. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Adam Driver revealed that playing the villain Kylo Ren is taxing, with his cast mates quick to note the ways they've tried to help the actor along the way.
Adam Driver Takes Playing Kylo Ren Incredibly Seriously
From what we've seen of the Knight of Ren, Kylo is one damaged human being. Presumably after killing his father and severing more of his ties to the light side, Kylo will be even more flawed the next time we see him in #TheLastJedi. In order to tap into this darkness, Driver revealed to Vanity Fair some of the methodology behind his acting:
"There’s big personal things that I find about every character, not just in Star Wars, that you have to make as personal as possible."
One can only imagine how difficult it is to relate to a character who enjoys torturing people and dabbling in patricide. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't aspects of the character that Driver can relate to. The process of becoming his character takes Driver down a dark path:
“The things about that character that I find painful, that I really relate to, I kind of prefer to keep to myself.”
Inhibiting a character in this way puts Driver in a mood, according to his cast mates. Luckily for Driver, his colleagues happen to be Mark Hamill and John Boyega, who both discussed the ways they've tried to make Driver feel better.
Mark Hamill Invited Driver To Lunch
Hamill has the track record to prove he's a wonderful person to work with, and this is yet another example to add to the long list of examples:
“[Adam is] very moody and intense. I remember saying to Adam, ‘I don’t know how you work, or your technique. But, at some point, you were my nephew. I probably bounced you on my knee. I probably babysat for you. There’s that side, and now we’re both estranged from the Skywalker family. All I’m suggesting is, if you’d like, maybe we could go to lunch, we could get together and hang out.’”
So in an attempt to bond with his younger cast mate, Hamill invited Driver out for a meal, but being respectful of the actor's methods, he didn't force the invitation. Driver turned down the offer, preferring to focus on his hatred of Luke Skywalker and not risk his potential bond with #MarkHamill interfering with his performance.
John Boyega Randomly Hugs Adam Driver
There are a couple of actors out there who are simply adorable, kindhearted people. John Boyega added his and Daisy Ridley's names to the list when he revealed the ways they like to bring "light to the set and [have] a good old time." How exactly does he accomplish this? He randomly gives Driver hugs.
However, even the power of Boyega's hugs aren't enough to break the dark side of the Force. When asked if Driver accepts the hugs, Boyega said “He just stands there. He just waits for me to be done.” Clearly there are still good people in this world, and Boyega is one of them.
As a thespian, Driver takes his role as #KyloRen seriously, but he's a long way from the craziness we've heard of from other method actors (looking at you, Jared Leto). It must be taxing to play the villain, but Hamill and Boyega have probably lifted Driver's spirits a little bit, if he doesn't want to show it.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15. Is the Force with you?