Adam Driver was on track for success even before playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His intensity and purposeful choice in roles had him playing Adam Sackler on Girls, Louis Ironson in Angels in America on Broadway, Phillip Altman in This is Where I Leave You, and Al Cody in the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis. But there are all kinds of interesting Adam Driver facts only the die hard fans know - ones that illuminate this brooding star.A close inspection of the Adam Driver bio might change your mind about the tall, non-traditional actor. From his obsessiveness about his work to how many eggs he can eat in one day, his openness and honesty about all aspects of himself and his career, his determination to share the techniques of the theater with combat vets, and his way of spinning serious things into comedic moments… these all make Driver his own force.
He Started a Fight Club in High School
Driver’s rules were more realistic and less poetic than Chuck Palahniuk’s. ”No hitting in the balls, a good rule.” But the reasons for fighting were the same as in the David Fincher film. ”There was a guy that rode by on a bike one time. He said, 'What are you guys doing?' So I fought him."And instead of a dank basement, Driver’s Fight Club was an open air affair. ”They had a big grassy field behind f*ckin' Celebrations Unlimited, an event space that people rent out to get married or whatever, and we would go out there in the middle of the night and beat the sh*t out of our neighbors."
He's Just as Surprised as You Are That He's a Sex Symbol
The awkward and realistic sex on Girls probably started the notion that Driver is some kind of new idea of a sex symbol. And surprising for Driver himself. “I’m like a sight gag. I have this really big face.” That hasn’t stopped the fashion world from pursuing him for spreads and covers. He’s even been photographed by legendary Annie Leibovitz.For those who think he’s not that attractive, he feels you. In 2013 he said, “I don’t totally get it. I mean, when I read for Girls, I was, like, the script says ‘Handsome Carpenter,’ so someone else is going to get the part. They’ll have someone handsome, not me. I mean, I’m not in any danger of getting leading-man parts."
He Got a Style and Grooming Intervention from His Wife
He met Joanne Tucker at Juilliard. They may share a love of acting and run a non-profit together, but Tucker was the more evolved one when it came to style and grooming. "I just kept dressing like a 15-year-old until my wife was basically like, 'You know, you should wear long pants now. Maybe shorts are good for some people, but not you. And maybe you should get your toe looked at, 'cause, you know, it looks like a turtle shell.'"
He Joined the Marines After 9/11
The September 11 attacks wound up Driver and his friends. "I was having an argument with my stepfather, and he was like, 'Why don't you join the Marine Corps?' And I was like, 'Noooo! Well, maybe, actually…’ I went and saw the recruiter, who was like, 'Are you on the run from the cops? Because we've never had someone want to leave so fast.'" Driver was on a mission. ‘I was like, 'I'm going to be a man.’”
Driver trained at Camp Pendleton and easily slipped into into life as new Marine. "I never played sports or got into the whole guy camaraderie of, like, 'I love you, man! Seniors forever!' So suddenly being in the military with these guys who were under these very heightened circumstances, isolated from their families, living this very kind of Greek lifestyle, it changed my life in a really big way. I really, really loved it, actually."Driver wasn’t be able to deploy due to a mountain bike accident where he broke his sternum.