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Adam Driver States He Will Never Go To Another Comic-Con Again And Here's Why

by Culture Slate 3 days ago in star wars

Cons Will Have To Go On Sans The Kylo Ren Actor

In the age of unlimited content, fandoms have grown around every popular show and movie series, spawning all kinds of expression from fans. Conventions, cosplays, passion projects, and fan fiction have become wide spread and mostly celebrated within the communities. While every fandom, including Star Wars, has their fair share of gatekeepers, bullies, and overall toxic people, they are generally outnumbered and decried by the inclusive and supportive members of the community. This idea, of positive fandom expression, is best seen at conventions and fan gatherings world wide, with Comic-Con being the standard-setter for these events.

While Cons are a great way to express your fandom, and meet and greet with like-minded people, they are certainly not for everybody. This appears to include Adam Driver, the actor behind the sequel trilogies main antagonist, Kylo Ren. While a guest on The Graham Norton Show, Driver gave his first impressions of San Diego Comic Con during the lead up to 2015's Force Awakens. In the interview, the famously private and independent actor describes his experience and explains why he is no hurry to again sit on a Star Wars panel in front of hordes of fans.

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The busy Adam Driver, who has been making the rounds lately promoting his three films that came out this year, detailed exactly what made him decide to pass on future Cons in the quote below;

I got in at the hotel at 2 in the morning... and I'm like "Maybe tomorrow I'll go get a coffee." And they're like "Oh no, you can't get a coffee." I'm like "Well, maybe I'll get a coffee in the hotel." They're like "No, you can't get a coffee in the hotel... If you want to go outside...put a mask on so nobody knows who you are." I opened my window, because I'd been in the room for 24 hours before this thing we were supposed to do and then there was a band at the bottom of the building playing the 'Star Wars' theme on repeat, because we [the cast] were all staying in the hotel. It was scary. I saw what it was. I mean, it's nice. [But] I'm not anxious to go again.

While his views on Star Wars fans may come off as negative (and there's certainly some who deserve that criticism) Driver was good natured about his critiques, taking the "thanks, but not for me" approach to the popular culture event. And who can blame him? After all, "fan" is short for "fanatic" and there are certainly fanatical factions of the Star Wars fandom, the kind who would play the Star Wars theme on repeat outside a hotel at 2am for instance.

Actors, especially those who play in a galaxy, far, far, away have been notoriously 50/50 on cons and the fandom in general. The late, great Jeremy Bulloch for example was a staple at cons and was adored by fans, a feeling that, by all reports, was highly reciprocated. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford has become the grumpy uncle of the Star Wars fandom, viewing his role as Han Solo more as a job than a cultural touchstone. This is perfectly personified by his response when asked if Han Solo was a Force ghost in Rise of Skywalker saying; "I have no (expletive) idea what a Force ghost is. And I don't care." When it comes to Ford and Driver's reactions to their Star Wars fame, it seems to be a case of in-universe "like father, like son."

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Source: Screen Rant

Written by Weston Erickson

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