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“I want to be forgotten”: Adam Driver Wanted Fans to Forget His Star Wars Role, Feared His Hollywood Career Was Over After Disastrous Sequel Trilogy

“I want to be forgotten”: Adam Driver Wanted Fans to Forget His Star Wars Role, Feared His Hollywood Career Was Over After Disastrous Sequel Trilogy

The entertainment industry loves and obsesses over huge franchises and Star Wars is one of the biggest examples of it. Many actors have lent their acting skills to the franchise and ultimately, their names have become synonymous with the movies. Actor Adam Driver is one of those names. Playing the lead antagonist of the sequel trilogy, Kylo Ren, his work was greatly appreciated by the fans.

Adam Driver
Adam Driver

While the films failed to impress the loyal fans of the series, Adam Driver’s work as Han Solo’s son was lauded by both fans and critics. Owing to this, it goes without saying that the actor will be known for his work in Star Wars for a long time. However, Adam Driver might not entirely be a fan of the idea as he wishes people would forget he ever played Ben Solo/ Kylo Ren.

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Adam Driver Wants to Move on From Star Wars

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren

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The Star Wars sequel trilogy consists of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. While the first two installments of the sequel trilogy got critical acclaim with 90+ scores on Rotten Tomatoes, The Rise of Skywalker could only earn a measly 52%. The last film was released back in 2019 and although fans loved Adam Driver’s performance as the antagonist, he himself wanted to leave the franchise behind as soon as possible.

Talking to LeMatin in 2019, Driver was asked whether he would like to return to his Star Wars character or not. To this, Driver stated that that idea was not a part of his agenda. Even though getting to play an iconic character in an iconic franchise is one of the highlights of his career, he wants to move on to other adventures.

“This is not at all on the agenda. This experience will forever remain one of the highlights of my career, but I aspire to other adventures.”

Not only did he want to move on from Kylo Ren, but he also wanted people to forget that he ever played the character so he could be offered different projects.

“By 2020, I want to disappear. I want to be forgotten so that I can be offered other very different projects.”

Well, fans sure do get pretty attached to characters and it’s difficult for them not to see the actor in the role anymore. Ever since The Rise of Skywalker, Driver has done a variety of movies including, House of Gucci, The Last Duel, and White Noise, and he is even coming out with 65 on March 10, this year. Looks like his plan sure worked!

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Adam Driver Hesitated to Play Kylo Ren

JJ Abrams
JJ Abrams

Actors are bound to have doubts before choosing to star in a film and Driver did too. Talking to Rolling Stone back in 2015, the House of Gucci actor stated that he was unsure about playing the antagonist in the sequel trilogy. He was worried that Kylo Ren would not be the heart of the film and he worried that he would mess the role up. However, a discussion with director J.J. Abrams’ took all of Driver’s worries away as he decided to move forward with the role.

“Just because people can remake something or revisit a world doesn’t necessarily mean they should. I’ve seen a lot of bigger-budget movies that sacrifice character and stories for the spectacle and I had no idea what the script was. But the first words out of J.J.’s mouth were about character and story. It was all really cool. And even then, you have doubts. Can I live up to that? I’m a fan of the movies. You don’t want to f*ck it up by any means. It seemed that because I was scared of it, maybe it was a good reason to do it.”

We for one are glad that Driver decided not to turn his back on the role. We are pretty sure the fans are too! After all, it’s hard to imagine someone else in the actors’ shoes now.

You can stream the entire Star Wars franchise on Disney+.

Source: LeMatin

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. She has written over 450 articles for FandomWire as a content writer. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over the world of the supernatural through books and TV.