Adam Driver Opens Up About Playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars

Adam Driver discusses the challenges of playing the character Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise and the emotional experience of filming a pivotal scene with Harrison Ford.


The Wrath of Star Wars Fans

Adam Driver has faced criticism and reminders from Star Wars fans about his character Kylo Ren's actions in the franchise. Fans often remind him of the fact that Kylo Ren killed Harrison Ford's character Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Driver jokingly mentioned that he is reminded of it frequently, although it has reduced in frequency over time.

During an interview with Chris Wallace on Max's Who's Talking, Driver discussed how fans often bring up the topic. He said, 'Not every day but yeah, it used to be more but now it’s probably once a month somewhere.'

This shows the impact and lasting impression that the Star Wars franchise has on its fans, as they continue to engage with the actors and their characters long after the films are released.

Filming the Scene with Harrison Ford

Driver also shared his experience of filming a crucial scene with Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo. He mentioned that the emotional intensity of the scene was heightened by the absence of John Williams' score in the background. Despite the seriousness of the scene, Driver expressed how generous and contemplative Ford was during the shooting process.

Reflecting on the moment, Driver stated, 'Even though it was his death, shooting it with Harrison was a great moment on set.' This sheds light on the emotional connection and collaboration between the actors that adds depth to their performances.

These behind-the-scenes insights provide a glimpse into the intricacies of creating impactful and memorable scenes in blockbuster films like Star Wars.

Taking the Role and Repetition of Kylo Ren

Driver also discussed his decision to take on the role of Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise. He explained that he approached the opportunity with seriousness and careful consideration, fully aware of the immense fanbase and the significance of the character.

Driver stated, 'I took it really seriously and thought about it a lot and was very on the fence. I was aware that it was a great opportunity. And I didn’t want to be in it and be bad. You know, like, a lot of people were going to watch it. I was a fan of those movies.'

His dedication and commitment to delivering a strong performance align with the responsibility he felt towards the beloved franchise and its fans.

Driver reprised his role as Kylo Ren in the subsequent Star Wars films, The Last Jedi in 2017 and The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. This showcases his continuity and commitment to the character's journey throughout the trilogy.