Adam Driver is very principled about the way he chooses to use his image.
In a new interview with Vulture, the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star talked about his reluctance to use his fame to help his decade-old charity Arts for Armed Forces.
“In terms of this nonprofit, we could probably be doing even better financially if I wasn’t one of the people at the head because I’m so unwilling to do so many things – or talk to people in general,” he admitted.
“It’s not about me and ‘Star Wars’. It’s about the people that we’re trying to serve,” Driver said. “And if you don’t get that, then I’d rather not be associated with your money.”
Driver explained that even when it comes directly to fundraising, he had refused to take pictures with fans in exchange for donations.
“I didn’t used to feel comfortable fundraising. Like, ‘Yeah we’re interested in your mission, but could you take a picture with my daughter? She’s a big Star Wars fan and if you do that I’ll give you $100,000.’ No, I’m not going to take it,” he said. “Is there nobody that is just philanthropic for the sake of it? Is there always some picture with your kid? I don’t want AITAF things to turn into ‘Star Wars’ events.”
Turning down those offers takes a toll though, the 34-year-old added: “But then you say, ‘No,’ and you’ve pissed somebody off. I don’t know that I ever handled that badly; I just took it too personally.”
“It has to be the right thing or it can feel disgusting. Some people are good with being like, ‘It feels uncomfortable, but imagine what you can do with that money,'” he continued. “So, I’m starting to get more comfortable with that idea because we’re raising money not only for a military nonprofit, but a performing arts nonprofit. It’s difficult. We’re not saying, ‘Give us $100 and it’ll go towards $100 of art.’ We’re giving something that you can’t quantify.”
Driver himself served in the United States Marine Corps for over two years after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, though he was never deployed in combat.
Meanwhile, Driver isn’t the only star who’s reluctant when it comes to posing with fans. Last week, “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek went viral in a video in which he said “no” to a fan who asked if he could record a greeting for her friends.