Star Wars: Episode VIII Explores Kylo Ren's Humanity, Says Driver

Some say that a story is only as good as its villain, so Adam Driver has a lot of pressure on him by that metric. And when you add in the fact that his Kylo Ren is following in the footsteps of Darth Vader as the "Star Wars" franchise's primary villain, that's even more pressure. But it looks like Driver isn't letting that pressure get to him. His recent comments on "Larry King Now" reveal that he's more into looking at his character's humanity and grounding him in reality.

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When asked what aspect of Kylo Ren Driver was most looking forward to exploring in 2018's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," Driver responded:

"I think maybe this is such a general answer but you know, humanity," said Driver. "Even though it’s very much a blockbuster movie, and I'm aware of that, there was no taking that for granted and that we were forced to be general [in 'The Force Awakens']. There was a lot of plot points that we knew were operating in the first one, that we get to explain more in the second one, that kind of make both of them make sense. But they do kind of feel socially active to me. And George Lucas originally -- a lot of 'Star Wars' was in response to Vietnam and a lot of what I remember talking about with ['Force Awakens' director] J.J. [Abrams] and ['Episode VIII' director] Rian [Johnson] was this idea of terrorism, and two sides being morally justified to behave however they wanted to to get whatever they thought was absolutely correct."

Driver's spoken highly of the "Episode VIII" script recently, calling it "remarkable."

“He’s a brilliant filmmaker,” Driver said of Johnson last month. “And he wrote the script also, and he understands the importance of ambiguity and nuance. He wrote something that I think is remarkable.”

Driver previously said that he thought the script was “great,” but had a different tone than some of the other “Star Wars” films.

“It’s similar to how ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ has a different tone,” he said. “For that people always go, ‘Ooooh, it’s dark,’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary, but also very clear. [Johnson] trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.”

Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and more, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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