Adam Driver, who stars as the villainous Kylo Ren in the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” makes his allegiance to the franchise’s latest installment very clear in a new VICE News segment.
Driver, who’s a former Marine, founded Arts in the Armed Forces, which is a non-profit that brings contemporary theater to those in the U.S. Military and aims to strengthen the relationship between military personnel and the theater community.
After returning home from his military duty, Driver resorted to acting as a coping mechanism and as a way to connect with others.
“Putting words to feelings for the first time, I was making the human connection of being in the military through theater. And in doing so I felt less alone,” he says in the video.
This Vice News segment follows Driver, fellow actors Joanne Tucker, Natasha Lyonne, Peter Scolari and others as they journey to the Middle East and attempt to expand on-base entertainment opportunities. According to Driver, current offerings don’t extend far beyond country-western cover bands or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
As Driver and other actors are walking through a base cafeteria to spread the word about an upcoming theater event, one soldier presses Driver about his upcoming “Star Wars” film.
After Driver denies a request to share “the secret,” the soldier then asks him if “Force Awakens” is better than the prequels, to which Driver responds with a resounding, “F-ck yeah!”
That confident response clearly speaks for itself. See the full video below. (Driver’s emphatic comments about “Star Wars” come around the 24-minute mark)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in theaters Dec. 18.