An episode of NPR’s “Fresh Air” featuring Adam Driver was scheduled to air this month, but host Terry Gross surprised viewers when she announced last week’s episode would instead be a re-run of an interview with Conan O’Brien. “[We] had promised you an interview with actor Adam Driver today, but unfortunately, we weren't able to do it as planned,” Gross told listeners. According to a report from The Daily Beast, Driver’s “Fresh Air” interview was canned after the actor walked out of the discussion. Driver was on “Fresh Air” to promote “Marriage Story” but left “after expressing displeasure at the idea of listening to a clip of himself singing ‘Being Alive’ from the musical ‘Company.'”
Driver has long been resistant to watching or listening to his acting work. The actor appeared on “Fresh Air” in 2015 and told Gross, “I’ve watched myself or listened to myself before, then always hate it. And then wish I could change it, but you can't.” Driver said something similar to The New Yorker in October, revealing that watching himself as Kylo Ren at the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiere made him sick to his stomach.
A source close to “Fresh Air” told The Daily Beast that Gross and her team were aware Driver “prefers not to listen to recordings of himself and encouraged him to remove his headphones while any clips played back.” Danny Miller, the program’s executive producer, confirmed that Driver left the interview “while we were playing back a clip from the film.” Driver was conducting his part of the interview in New York City, while Gross was in Philadelphia.
“We don't really understand why he left,” Miller said in an email to The Daily Beast. “We were looking forward to the interview — Terry thinks he's a terrific actor, he was a great guest when he was on [‘Fresh Air’] in 2015 — so we were disappointed that we didn't have a new interview to share with our listeners about ‘Marriage Story.’”
The Daily Beast’s source says Driver left out of the discomfort of hearing himself in the “Marriage Story” clip. Driver has earned Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Actor thanks to his role in the Noah Baumbach-directed Netflix drama. The movie is now streaming on Netflix. IndieWire has reached out to Driver’s representative for further comment.
Thanks to Disney dropping the digital release for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker early, folks have had time to pore over the making-of documentary, which is loaded with interesting info about the final installment of The Skywalker Saga. Adam Driver‘s extremely passionate fanbase is going to be particularly thrilled as the making-of feature highlights his intense dedication to performing his own stunts even on his birthday.
According to Nerdist, stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart is a “hilarious, enthusiastic, and heavily accented British woman” and one of the documentary’s more delightful stars. Huthart reportedly was against Driver doing his own stunts, but the actor quickly won her over and was soon swinging from wires during the film’s climactic lightsaber duel:
He explains in the documentary how protective he is over Kylo’s body language. Eventually Huthart relented–especially after seeing how much better it looked with the actor doing the stunts.
All of this paves the way for a special little treat for Driver: The most difficult stunt sequence in the film–the lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren and Rey aboard the Death Star ruins–was partially filmed on his birthday. “It was really physically exhausting, and we were wet and soaked and cold and on wires–I loved it,” Driver says with glee in the documentary. “How many times are you gonna get a chance to do that?”
Speaking of Driver and birthdays, Ben Affleck recently teared up while telling Jimmy Kimmel how the Kylo Ren actor came through for him in a big way. After rushing from Paris to Los Angeles for his son’s birthday, Affleck arrived at his ex-wife Jennifer Garner’s house only to learn from his assistant that the gifts he sent ahead for the party never arrived, which left Affleck empty-handed. However, unbeknownst to the former Batman, Driver had sent a package full of signed Kylo Ren toys for Affleck’s son that did arrive and basically saved the day.
“Adam made me a hero to my kid,” an emotional Affleck told Kimmel, “and I will never, ever, ever forget it.”
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Vice TV has ordered Shelter in Place with Shane Smith, a new half-hour weekly interview show hosted by the Vice Media Group founder. It’s set to premiere Thursday, April 9 at 10 PM with two back-to-back episodes.
In the series, produced through remote video interviews from Smith’s home in Santa Monica, Smith will tackle the biggest questions of the moment with experts from the fields of science, journalism, entertainment, food and economics.
“I'm at home, you're at home and our news cycle is changing by the minute,” said Smith. “So, I decided to dial up some of the world's foremost thinkers to offer us some much needed perspective and get to some truth on what we should be doing in this time like none other.” You can watch a preview clip below.
Smith’s first guest will be whistleblower Edward Snowden, who delves into the world of surveillance, privacy and our future civil liberties as international governments and autocratic regimes enact bold, new policies to curb the virus.
“When any of us look at where this is heading, we need to think about where we’ve been,” said Snowden. “And sadly, these kind of emergency powers that are born out of crises, have a perfect history of abuse”.
The second episode will feature California Governor Gavin Newsom who speaks to Smith about how his state has braced for the pandemic, where the federal government has stumbled, and what is coming next. Dr. Anne Rimoin, a world-leading epidemiologist, is also featured and will speak to how the virus has spread and what we can do about it.
Produced by Vice TV, Shane Smith, Alex Chitty, Maral Usefi are the Executive Producers for Shelter in Place. Jonah Kaplan is Supervising Producer.
Shelter in Place will be available on Vice TV via all major satellite and cable providers; ViceTV.com; and the Vice TV app via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. The first two episodes will be available for free on Vice & Munchies YouTube page.
Shelter in Place with Shane Smith is the latest programming from Vice TV produced in response to COVID-19. Vice Quarantine Hour is a limited variety series airing weekdays at 8 AM ET/PT. Vice TV's Emmy-winning nightly newscast is airing dedicated COVID-19 episodes with Vice News Tonight: Remote.