Are Star Wars Actors Really Coached On How To Speak To The Media?

By Sean O'Connell 2014-08-18 13:27:28discussion comments
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It has become common practice. If you are lucky enough to sit across from an actor who has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, you have to figure out some way to ask them about the sequel. Crass? Maybe. If they are Domhnall Gleeson, they might figure out ways to have fun with it. If they are Harrison Ford, they might not. But they ALL figure out ways to dance around the questions without revealing much of anything at all.

This is a coincidence, and not the result of weeks of strict media training. That is, if Girls star Adam Driver is to be believed. (Yes, he has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII as well, in case you didnít know.) Driver spoke with EW as part of their Fall Movie Preview Ė he is part of the ensemble of Shawn Levyís adult comedy This is Where I Leave You and eventually got around to some conversations about J.J. Abramsí Episode VII. He says itís "surreal," and he has to keep a tight lip about everything. But I was VERY intrigued by his honest answer about why cast members are quiet in interviews. Driver said:
There was never a time where someone sat me down and was like, ĎPeople are going to do this or say this or ask this.í They never had that conversation with me. Instead, they kind of trusted that I wouldnít say anything. Iím one of those crazy people, if Iím watching the trailer for a movie and Iím really excited by it, Iíll turn it off because I donít want to know anything. I want to be surprised because I love that more than knowing anything. I donít think they felt the need to tell me [to stay quiet]."

Ah, so itís one of those "mutual respect for the art form" methods of intimidation, eh Adam Driver. Fine, play it that way, Sith Lord! At least, weíre assuming that you are playing a bad guy. There are so many rumors flying around regarding this movie, we simply donít know who or what to trust anymore. This is all misdirection, isnít it? Is your name even Driver? Is it?!

The more that he was poked and prodded, though, the more Adam Driver coughed up about Star Wars: Episode VII. Not specific plot details. But more about the tone, and the intention of the team. He said:
How great is that to get to work on something that has so much humanity in the midst of it? I feel like thatís everyoneís goal, to balance those two. Again, surreal seems to be the word of this interview. Itís exciting to get that to be part of your life."

It must be horrifyingly restricting when you know SO MUCH about an upcoming movie, but canít say anything. If I had the real story of Star Wars: Episode VII in my back pocket, I couldnít help but blurt cool shit out in interviews. Thatís why they pay folks like Adam Driver the big bucks. To talk around issues, without any studio coaching whatsoever.
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