Adam Driver Talks Filming “Star Wars”

One of the most interesting casting choices for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” is “Girls” star Adam Driver. The distinct looking actor is rumored to be playing one of the villains in the film, but he can’t confirm or deny as he can’t discuss his role in any real detail.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 30-year-old actor says he’s currently not filming any scenes for the film and resumes his shooting commitments around “mid-November, end of December”. Today though, he was able to talk more generally about filming, his history with the franchise and why it appeals to people:

“Doing Star Wars now – that’s surreal. I feel like that even with this cast. You start by try[ing] to stamp [that feeling] down as much as possible, just focus on what it is that you are there to do… Easier said than done.

The thing about Star Wars that’s so good – sure there’s this huge [canvas]. It’s space, it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far away. That’s set up immediately. But in the midst of all those things, what has made those movies last so long is that they’re all grounded, which is something that is not so far off from every movie with huge universal themes of siblings and parents and betrayal and trust. That’s so generic and obvious, but it’s hard to balance those things.

When you break all of those things down, really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed. That’s what makes those movies so universal. I think they can get in your mind in big and sweeping ways.

I always think back to the original movies and to those quieter moments where Luke is out in A New Hope, and there are the two suns setting, and it’s just such a quiet moment. It is the equivalent, basically, of a farm boy dying to get out of his small town and do something bigger. It’s those kinds of universal themes that ground this whole thing in space.

How great is that to get to work on something that has so much humanity in the midst of it? I feel like that’s everyone’s goal, to balance those two. Again, surreal seems to be the word of this interview. It’s exciting to get that to be part of your life. Now you have to contribute something to it – and that’s not something you, personally, or anyone on set takes lightly. I feel like everybody wants to make it good.

Friendship, I feel, is something that maybe isn’t investigated as much – or maybe I’m not watching those movies. It was such a huge part of the original three. “I’m going to go save my friend.” Everyone was going to go bail their friends out. “I can’t do this because my friends, everything is at stake because of my friends. I gotta go back. … Yoda, I gotta leave, whatever… I gotta leave. [Laughs]”.”

Finally, he was asked whether he’d seen George Lucas on set: “I haven’t seen him. I don’t know.”