Adam Driver founded a fight club when he was at school, but ensured it had “good rules”.
The Girls actor was born in San Diego but moved to Mishawaka, Indiana, with his mother when his parents split up. He found there wasn’t much to do in his new surroundings, so he and his friends spent their days setting things on fire and climbing radio towers.
Eventually they hit on the idea of replicating the 1999 movie Fight Club, which is one of Adam’s favorites.
“I think we probably came up with some rules. No hitting in the balls, a good rule,” he told WWD’s M magazine. “There was a guy that rode by on a bike one time. He said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ So I fought him.”
The 30-year-old star and his pals also used to make their own videos, usually involving fake guns. Occasionally police would turn up to break up the shoots, which the guys all found exciting as the cops usually thought their weapons were real.
Eventually the star decided he wanted to make it in Los Angeles, so decided to leave town. He took the time to discuss how to “make things work” with his girlfriend and bid his friends goodbye, but was back home two days later because he didn’t have enough money to make things work.
Adam finally found some drive after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, which prompted him to join the marines. He was eventually discharged for medical reasons and can vividly remember how hard he found settling back into everyday life.
“In the Marine Corps, everything had a purpose. You had your rank on your sleeve that was exactly a half inch from this corner. You wear what’s called a cover – it’s not a hat – and you put it on when you go outside. You don’t smoke outside. You can only smoke in certain specific places. And then you’re thrown into civilian life and suddenly that structure isn’t there,” he said. “And people are doing crazy sh*t, like wearing clothes untucked, and you’re just like, ‘Look at these people who have no meaning to anything!’ And that’s a hard transition.”
This carried over to his time in Juilliard. He got into the famed drama school on his second attempt, but it wasn’t until he was there that he realized he was different to the other students.
“I made people in my school cry because it was just the way I was used to talking to people,” he explained. “I felt like I wanted to do it! Really hard! Whatever it was! And I needed to calm down a little bit.”
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