Adam Driver Swore Off Watching His Films After Hating ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Performance

IndieWire | 10/21/2019 | Staff
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“Inside Llewyn Davis” is often considered one of the best and most personal dramas Joel and Ethan Coen have ever directed. In naming the 100 best movies of the 2010s earlier this year, IndieWire selected “Inside Llewyn Davis” as the decade’s fifth best film. So why is the musical drama such a sore spot for Adam Driver? A new Driver profile in The New Yorker reveals the actor began hating the act of watching his own performances with a passion after being unable to endure the famous “Llewyn Davis” scene in which his character, Al Cody, performs bozo backup vocals on the song “Please Mr. Kennedy” alongside Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake. Driver said he hated what he did in the scene so much that it made him vow not to watch his own work again.

Unfortunately for Driver, his vow could not stick when it came to the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The actor was forced to watch his role as Kylo Ren, an experience that left him feeling sick to his stomach. “I just went totally cold,” Driver told The New Yorker, “because I knew the scene was coming up where I had to kill Han Solo, and people were, like, hyperventilating when the title came up, and I felt like I had to puke.”

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