Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Adam Driver Discusses the Tone of 'Episode VIII'

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By: Dominic Jones

Adam Driver, the actor who plays Kylo Ren in the sequel trilogy, was at the Toronto International Film Festival this week promoting his role in the upcoming Jim Jarmusch film Patterson and, of course, the topic of Star Wars came up (more than once).  He spoke with Collider this week about how the tone of Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII is different from that of The Force Awakens.


Driver said,
It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.

He also spoke about what it was like working with director Rian Johnson,
Maybe this is just me thinking of myself, but I’m surprised [because] in their shoes I’d be way more stressed out than [J.J. and Rian] seem to be. Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. He wrote it, too, and Rian’s writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He was working on [the script] while we were still working on the first one. To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing. And he’s the most polite, unassuming guy and he was appropriately territorial about some things but would still be the first to admit when something’s not working. A lot of times you need to rise to understand what the script is, and perhaps I’m beginning to be unclear, but he’s a great person to work with.


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