Adam Driver despises watching his own movies. The actor has sworn off seeing himself on the big screen after hating his performance in “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
Despite IndieWire naming “Inside Llewyn Davis” the fifth best film of the decade, Driver says he cannot bare to think about the famous “Llewyn Davis” scene where his character, Al Cody, performs bozo backup vocals on the track “Please Mr. Kennedy” next to Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake.
Driver says he hated “so badly” what he did in the scene that he made a promise to himself to never watch his performances again.
During the “BlacKkKlansman” premiere at Cannes, the 35-year-old actor hid in the greenroom throughout the entire screening and only returned to the theatre once the film was done to partake in the closing bow.
However, when the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” rolled up, Driver was forced to watch himself as Kylo Ren, causing him to feel sick to his stomach.
“I just went totally cold,” Driver said during a new profile interview in The New Yorker. “I knew the scene was coming up where I had to kill Han Solo, and people were, like, hyperventilating when the title came up, and I felt like I had to puke.”
More recently, Driver’s leading role in “Marriage Story” is earning phenomenal reviews, so much so that the performance is anticipated to earn the actor his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. But, Driver has not yet seen the film.
Director, Noah Baumbach is trying to persuade Driver to watch “Marriage Story”, telling The New Yorker that he is still “in a discussion” with the actor.
Driver’s “Logan Lucky” director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the magazine about the actor’s fear of watching himself, commenting, “I think he’s rightly concerned that he would become conscious of himself in a way that would be harmful to his acting.”
Driver has two big films opening in theatres before 2019 comes to an end. “Marriage Story” hits the big screen on Nov. 6, followed by a Netflix launch on Dec. 6. The actor returns as Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on Dec. 20.