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– by Campbell Clark

Adam Driver has frankly been pretty excellent so far in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and that comes from someone who hasn’t been particularly impressed with Disney’s take on Star Wars so far. I’m I suppose pretty well known on here for really disliking The Last Jedi. But, as said at the start I do feel Adam Driver is brilliant as Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo.

Speaking with Deadline the actor discussed various films and projects he is working on and of course talk turned to Driver’s final appearance in the as yet untitled Star Wars: Episode 9, which hits theaters this December. In the interview Driver likened the experience of working on Star Wars to his theatre work, in that you go away for a while and then come back to work with old friends again. Rather than read about me paraphrasing it, here is the direct quote.

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“It’s been my second time doing something where it’s lasted six years. I think with Star Wars, it’s six years this year that I’ve known about it or been working on it. I had this experience once with Girls, where it was six or seven years from the moment we shot the pilot to the very last thing. Since I’ve been working, it’s what I’ve been used to, in a way, where you do your other things, and then you go back to see your friends. It’s always good to go back to those groups. With Girls, there wasn’t really an end in sight, so it was fun to develop it as I went, and to think about where it was all going. With Star Wars, I had one piece of information of where it was all going, and that’s where it has been in my head for a long time, and things were building towards that. It feels very theatrical, if anything. Because in the plays that I’ve done, a six-month run, on the very last day, you finally feel like, “Oh, now I have a better understanding of what it is that I want to do. I wish we could do this all over again.” Working on a play, the questions you can ask yourself are infinite, and that’s what’s torturous about film sometimes – you only have one shot to get it right. And you can do a lot of takes, but we’re not all going to get back together again and do this. But for something you’re doing for six years, you still have a chance to go back and make something a little bit more articulated.”

Although again, I really like Driver and his turn as Kylo Ren, there is a part of me that wishes Disney could just rewind time and think about this trilogy again. I’m not a fan of JJ Abrams work, never really enjoyed any of his movies until The Force Awakens and then once I saw The Last Jedi, I realized that Abrams really didn’t leave Rian Johnson much to work with.

Not to excuse Johnson in all of this, I simply didn’t enjoy the movie he made. I know it’s a divisive subject and one we actively kind of try and stay away from these days. The problem I find is that people cannot discuss differing opinions of Star Wars without getting upset and angry.

I recently got removed from a Reddit group discussing Star Wars for saying that I really didn’t like The Last Jedi and I couldn’t understand why many people did love it. Those who did love it simply labeled me as a “hater” and then removed me from the group. I just don’t understand why fans can’t have an open and honest discussion about the movie? Either you love it or you have somehow betrayed Star Wars by disliking the movies it seems.

What do you think of Driver’s comments and are you excited to see where his character arc goes in Star Wars: Episode 9? Remember, we won’t win this war by killing what we hate, but by saving what we love, so save space for some comments in the usual place below.

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SOURCE: Deadline