Marine Warrior to Star Wars Villain

By Faye Higbee

Marine Warrior to Star Wars Villain

Life’s pathways are never easy to figure out, but Adam Driver, one of the stars of the new Star Wars movie ” The Force Awakens,” is a U.S. Marine. And what does this warrior turned villain do?

An actor and graduate of the prestigious fine arts school, Julliard, he runs a non-profit called “Arts in the Armed Forces.” The group is “dedicated to  bringing contemporary theater to the men and women who are in theater.” Far different than the U.S.O., his company gives an entirely different performance than the usual.

Wearing the mask, looking the part

Adam’s character in the movie, Kylo Ren, is one of the bad guys.  Different critics either hated or loved his performance, but that’s the mark of an excellent actor – elicited emotion. This movie is a big break for the actor/director who has only been a part of a few other minor roles. And no one listens to critics anyway, do they?

Adam Driver as Marine, and on the cover of GQ

Why should our Armed Forces troops give a flip about acting?

Words are powerful, and being able to say things by becoming someone else is even more powerful. Adam believes that being able to speak words that are inside the heart helped him in the transition to civilian life.

“We’re hoping to show that language is a powerful tool, that self-expression is a powerful tool — it’s just as valuable as any rifle you carry or any tool you can put in your pack.” Adam Driver

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in “The Force Awakens”

As Adam and his team walk through the crowds of Military men and women at chow, he hands out papers that tell them of the performance that evening. Some recognize him from the publicity from the movie.

But one thing is certain…this Marine is going places. And his love for the troops is evident in his desire to help them express themselves. Semper Fi, Adam.